District Collector Vikas Deshmukh yesterday told media persons that 300 spots for executing stone quarrying have been identified by the district administration, and the proposal seeking clearances were sent to the state environment committee.
Deshmukh said though he had received 500 proposals, only 300 spots had been selected because the remaining proposals failed to fulfil the criteria necessary for securing permission.
“Apart from 300 spots shortlisted for stone quarrying, a proposal for 111 sand plots was also sent to the environment committee, which will now forward the proposals to the state high-power committee with the recommendation to approve them. We are expecting the committee to take the decision in the next couple of days,” Deshmukh said.
Recently, e-auctioning of sand on the 90 plots across the district was held by the district administration.
“All the plots from which sand was sold through e-auction had received clearance from the state environment committee,” Deshmukh said.
Food for poor
Talking about the implementation of food security act in the district, he said by December 31, the administration would finalise the beneficiaries and their ration cards would be stamped so that they could avail the benefits.
Families residing in city area and having an annual income below Rs 59,000 are entitled to be the beneficiaries of the act. While in rural areas, the income limit has been set at less than Rs 44,000. Some 12 lakh families in the district are expected to benefit from the act.