Karnataka to soon roll out 'Maralu Mithra' app for sand purchase


Bengaluru, Jun 2 (IANS): Karnataka Department of Mines and Geology is building an app for people to buy sand at prices fixed by the government, an official said on Tuesday.

"The department is building an app for people to buy sand from anywhere in Karnataka. The government will fix the price of sand and the transportation cost," told a department official to IANS.

Maralu Mithra, the sand app, is expected to be available in three months, said the official.

"The app enables a buyer to understand from which block he is buying the sand, how much quantity is available and the variety of sand," the official added.

Unlike earlier ILMS system, Maralu Mithra enables both the transporter and the buyer to register on the app. Currently, the department is sampling the new system on a pilot study to take a final call based on its success.

The state government is yet to fix the price of sand bought through the app, while the official said it could be in the range of Rs 700 - Rs 750 per tonne. According to the official, Maralu Mithra would be something like Ola, convenient and easy for buyers.

"Knowledge on the available quantity of sand, origin, quality, fixed price of both the sand and transportation and others are some of the advantages for buyers," said the official.

Earlier, the sand was sold on the basis of first-come-first-serve. Department of Mines and Geology regulates and controls mining and quarrying activities in Karnataka, considering mineral conservation through a scientific framework among others.

 

 

  

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  • Sundar Karithota, Haleangadi

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    What will be more special in "Maralu Mithra" than " Sand Bazar" the old app. One more software company might have given more commission?

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  • Swati, Mang/dxb

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Great initiative to curb all chamcha sand mafias and corruption. There should be online live tracking for trucks used for transport of sand. BJP under the leadership of Modi is really working for a corruption free govt. Great job.

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  • Lawrence Lobo, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Now BJP new slogan... AARALU - MARALU..

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  • Ruben Pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    If the sand mafia is cornered, they will give 80/20 mannu/maralu

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  • Ismail, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    Cant expect any help from govt to the buyers... This app is for an advantage for govt itself...

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 2 2020

    I pray that at any cost the App should not become 'ARALU- MARALU ' in coming days.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 2 2020

    I don't like the name 'Maralu' ...

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  • james, udupi

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    ayyo, jossey dont fall in line with bjp ns in name changing

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  • Sameer, Saudi

    Wed, Jun 3 2020

    U change the name for ur satisfaction. Original will be maralu..

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  • Rohith, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jun 2 2020

    This is bogus and fooling the innocent people. Earlier Mangalore had sand bazar app. What happened to that app. Do not make people's life complicated make easy way to buy sand at government rate .

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