Administration fumbles over figures

Illegal sand

Another official said that the sand mafia is very pronounced in Daund, Indapur, Shirur and Baramati areas. "One has to be careful while carrying out the drives and offences should be registered against the main persons and not the drivers,'' said the official who recently carried out a drive, which, however, failed as the information was allegedly leaked.

As per estimates, about 7,000 trucks are involved in transport of sand to sites in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. The trucks carry more than stipulated quota of sand, which may lead to illegal sale of sand and evasion of royalty, officials said. After last week's drive in Mulshi, royalty is being paid to the administration.

The administration had readied a dedicated software at toll booths on the Solapur, Ahmednagar and Satara roads, and is trying to monitor sand transport round-the-clock. The administration has provided laptops and scanners at toll booths to detect fake or unauthorised transport passes/receipts, often used by truck drivers to transport sand illegally.

To check illegal sand transport, the government had planned a bar-coding system. The toll receipt was to have a barcode number (printed) to help calculate number of times a particular truck passes the toll plaza and how much sand it is allowed to carry. However, this is confined to paper.

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