Illegal sand, equipment worth Rs 13 crore seized in Thane

Thane: A large stock of sand along with equipment worth Rs 13 crore, used in its illegal dredging was seized by the Thane district administration on Sunday.

The raid was conducted by the Thane district collector Ashwini Joshi on Sunday afternoon. "I along with senior officials of revenue department travelled using boats from Mumbra upto Ganesh Ghat in Dombivili and in a surprise raid seized a large stock of sand, along with equipment worth Rs 13 crore", Joshi said.

As per an official release, since Saturday authorities have been conducting raids in Thane, Bhiwandi and Kalyan region.

During the raids, 6 suction pumps, 4 cranes, 124 brass of illegally excavated sand, 2 trucks and one tempo had been seized and as many as 8 cases registered, it said.

In the raid this morning, 42 suction pumps, 40 barges, 35 cranes, 28 pumps, 5 trucks and 131 brass of sand have been seized and cases registered at the respective police stations, the release added.

12 cement tanks meant for storing the excavated sand were also seized, it added. Joshi said the administration will continue with the raids and not allow any kind of illegal dredging.

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