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23 sand-laden lorries seized in raids

Raids carried out following complaints of illegal sand mining in Vellayani

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As many as 23 lorries bearing sand were seized from Vellayani early this morning following a raid conducted led by Land Revenue Commissioner K.J. Alphons and District Collector N. Ayyappan against illegal sand mining in the locality.

Most of the trucks seized were those with Tamil Nadu permits. According to Mr. Alphons, the raid was conducted following complaints that illegal sand mining was rampant in the area.

Each vehicle carried at least 10 to 15 tonnes of sand, he said. "We are also planning to take action against the encroachments that have taken place in the region," he added.

The raid, which went on for nearly four hours, interrupted the flow of traffic in the locality.

The seized trucks are parked in a long row on the roadside near the Pangode Primary School. The drivers were fined before being let off.

With restrictions imposed on sand mining, sand, used in the booming building industry, has become a much sought-after material in the city

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