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Udupi: Associations affected by sand mining ban to boycott Lok Sabha polls


Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (HB)

Udupi, Mar 13: The members of Traditional Sand Boat Owners Association, Maralu Horata Samiti and Building Construction Goods Transporting Lorry and Tempo Owners’ Association, Udupi have decided to boycott Lok Sabha elections in mass, for alleged failure of the governments and Udupi district administration to solve sand shortage
issue, said Raghavendra Shetty, organising secretary of Sand Transporting Lorry and Tempo Owners’ Association.

Speaking at the Udupi Press Club here on Wednesday, March 13, he said, “Model Code of Conduct was declared before we got permission for sand mining. Now things look bleak. Our livelihood depends on sand extraction and transport business. On March 14, deputy commissioner has called for a meeting to discuss sand issues. If we do not get the appropriate decision in the meeting, we and our family members will abstain from voting. We are suffering since 10 months without sand business. The economic growth of Udupi is on a downward trend. Sand extraction is the core business and source of income for many in the district. If the authorities have doubts about GPS, let them install CCTV in sand extraction area."

“The license holders cannot extract sand in Mangaluru, in spite of having licenses but the sand from Mangaluru is sold at a high price here. If the license holders do not get permission to extract sand, it will severely affect their life,” he rued.

“What did the district-in-charge minister, MP or anyone else contribute for solving sand shortage issue and to get new licenses for 170 license holders? They did nothing to solve the severe problem. It is our duty to exercise our franchise and we are aware of it. But people representatives are not supportive to the people when problems arise. We will find our way,” he added.

“Let the government proceed on the Lokpal probe on Udupi DC. We have given a complaint. There is need to end this topic,” stressed Raghavendra Shetty.

Sathyaraju Birthi, correspondent of Maralu Horata Samithi said, “We have suffered a lot mentally. We will not allow our family members to vote anymore. Let’s see what will happen. The district administration is losing royalty from the sand business. This will affect the economy of Udupi.”

Ansar Ahmed, convener of Maralu Horata Samithi said, “most of the coolie workers are not showing interest to vote anybody. This attitude is because the people’s representatives are not addressing problems. The government has made people as victims in the name of law and order. In the sand stock, it was said that 10 loads of sand went missing while shifting. But no one has the answer.”

We are looking forward for the decision by the seven member committee in the upcoming March 14 meeting, which will be chaired by the DC.

Praveen Suvarna, president, Sand Transporting Lorry and Tempo Owners’ Association, Chandra Poojary Katpaddy and others were present.

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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    Exercise your right to elect your representatives...

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    Systematically People started realising that REAL ISSUES are always suppressed and FAKE issues are highlighted by FAKE representatives.
    Where real issues such as jobs, Roads, health, sports etc are highlighted today?
    Are people not concerned about them?
    Leaders doing NOTHING, are SIMPLY crossing one community against another; foolish people becoming their fawns, ignoring their real issues. Who are to be blamed?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 14 2019

    Only BJP is affected by Sand Mining ...

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  • francis Lewis, Sastan / Bangalore

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    i need Sand to Construct a Guest house in my home town Sastan due to my frequent visits as I am spending money to the hotels and kindly give required permission immediately so that I can collect the Sand for my construction.

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  • Anil, Dubai

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    First time after year 2014 ....

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  • Wilson, UDUPI

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    Dear Birthi, who will bother your udupi economy? 4 pan ,6 beeda,4 plate goli baje, 10 totte, think about country economy not udupi.

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  • RK, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    For udupi people only NOTA is the option in this election

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    Only the Educated know the importance of Elections ...

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  • Wilson, UDUPI

    Wed, Mar 13 2019

    Good at least you took good decision, for sure Sobakka lost her deposit.

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