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Ac­cord­ing to the en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists this il­le­gal sand min­ing is wreak­ing havoc on the coastal belt of the city. “Be­cause of il­le­gal min­ing the greener­ies along the creeks are get­ting af­fected. The vi­o­la­tors de­stroy the man­groves and started dredg­ing sand only for their ben­e­fit. If this men­ace is not stopped at the ear­li­est it will dam­age the en­vi­ron­ment of the city ir­re­versibly,” said Abba Ran­vare, an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist from the city

Of­fi­cials from the tehsil­dar of­fice, on the other hand, said that ham­strung by the lack of man­power, they can­not take right ac­tion at the right time. “For keep­ing the huge coastal belt of the city un­der sur­veil­lance we do not have suf­fi­cient man­power. There­fore, de­spite get­ting the right in­for­ma­tion our of­fi­cials can­not reach the spots on time and can ar­rest the cul­prits. This is one of the main rea­sons why a ma­jor­ity of the cul­prits man­age to run away from the min­ing sites,” said one of­fi­cial on con­di­tion of anonymity.

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