Even as the Goa Karwar road was blocked on Friday protesting against the Karnataka Government’s ban on sand exports, the Goa government notified banning export of sand from Goa.
The notification banning export of sand also states that all transit passes issued by Mines and Geology Department for transportation of ordinary sand will now bear a stamp “valid to only Goa”.
Director Mines and Geology Arvind Lolienkar revealed that the notification was issued to excessive mining carried out in Goa for the purpose of exporting the sand.
Goa is facing a sand scarcity that would have an adverse effect on the booking constructing industry as Karnataka has banned export of sand thereby depleting the sand available in Goa drastically.
According to estimates, around 270 vehicles are involved in exporting sand from Karnataka to Goa as the sand extracted from the Kali river is much in demand given the fact that it has less salinity and quite a number of people from the neighbouring state survive on this trade of exporting the sand to Goa.
In fact, to protest against the Karnataka government’s decision to ban exports, the national highway from Goa to Karwar was blocked for nearly three hours at the Goa-Majali check post on Friday causing much hardship to commuters.
The blockade was lifted only after North Karnataka Deputy Commissioner Krishnaaiya assured the agitators that he would mediate with the Karnataka government to lift the ban.
The blockade was initiated by Prabhakar Rane former Minister in the Karnataka government who was part of the high profile drama at Goa where MLAs from Karnataka were housed after they withdrew support to the present government.