End shortage of sand: CPI(M) Dst unit’s demand

Thursday, May 14, 2015,22:33 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kannur | CPI(M) District Secretary P Jayarajan today submitted a memorandum to Collector P Balakiran  demanding a solution to  shortage of sand for construction and to protect the jobs of workers  engaged in sand mining.
CPI(M) delegates Mr P Jayarajan, MLA James Mathew and Dr V Sivadasan, in the memorandum  also demanded that district administration should conduct a sand auditing at river sides across the district  and then to allow sand mining with out harm the environment. It also said to check the illegal sand mining and installed CCTV and high mask light were the illegal sand mining was reported and to form a people committee to protect the river sides. The district administration should set up organic walls by plant mangrove by using river management funds.
CPI(M) had organized a jalayathra (boat journey), led by Jayrajan, James Mathew and DYFI district president Biju Kandakai, calling for protecting Valappattnam river from the environmental disaster due to sand mining on May 5  and visit 14 Kadavus and collect 55 memorandums from respective local people and sand mining labours. Today the CPI(M) submit a codify report of that memorandums, said Mr Jayarajan.
Mr Jayarajan also said they called a people convention on May 28 at Mullakodi bank auditorium in Kolachery to discuss the issues.   He also said CPI(M) activists would plant mangroves will be planted to prevent further soil erosion with the help of forest department and environmentalists at the river sides on June 5, the environmental day. He also said  the ban in some kadavus has rendered the laborers jobless, in many places the indiscriminate sand mining has affected the ecosystem and this should be addressed, he added.