Dakshina Kannada: Congress welcomes BJP state president’s promise of sand at Rs 2,000 per load | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Dakshina Kannada District Congress has welcomed BJP state president and MP Nalin Kumar Kateel’s promise that sand will be made available for Rs 2,000 per load.
Kateel had made this announcement at a blood donation camp that BJP Yuva Morcha organised in the city to mark the 70th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. In reply to Congress MLA U T Khader’s demands, Kateel had said that the rate of sand during Congress rule had touched Rs 20,000 (per load). “We will frame a sand policy for the coastal district in October. We will ensure supply of sand to the doorsteps of people at Rs 2,000. The district will be freed from the sand mafia,” the MP had announced in his speech.
Reacting to MP’s statements, Congress district president and MLC K Harish Kumar said the opposition party welcomes wholeheartedly the promise made by the MP since the price announced by Kateel was indeed the lowest considering the actual cost of sand extraction.
“Our MP has promised sand for Rs 2,000 per load. As per the government rule, a contractor must pay Rs 350 per ton as government cess for the extraction of sand from small streams. Hence, the actual cost of extraction is Rs 3,500 per load. Meanwhile, the price may go up to Rs 7,000 – Rs 8,000 per load after calculating the rent and labour charges. Meanwhile, the cess for sand extraction from rivers is Rs 700 per tons and it is not possible to make sand available for less than Rs 10,000 per load. We don’t know if the MP lacks information or not. Our request is that let the MP fulfil his promise by making sand available for Rs 2,000 per load,” Kumar said.
Former minister B Ramanath Rai said, “Kateel’s promise should not turn into another Rs 15 lakh jumla of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

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