Sand mafia curbs boost revenue, says KT Rama Rao

Hyderabad: Curbing of sand mafia inside the state has led to an increase in revenues from sand mining from Rs 10 crore sooner than 2014 to Rs 375 crore, municipal minister Okay.T. Rama Rao talked about on Friday.

Sand mining and rule of mafia kicked up a row between Mr Rao, backed by TRS MLCs and Chief of the Opposition inside the Legislative Council Mohd. Ali Shabbir and P. Sudhakar Reddy.

Refuting the Congress allegation that sand mafia was ruling the roost inside the state, Mr Rao countered by saying that the TRS authorities’s strong movement has led to increase in sand revenues.

“Sand mafia ruled the roost in Congress rule. In 2012-2013, revenue from sand was only Rs 10 crore per annum. In TRS rule, it jumped to Rs 375 crore during 2015-2016. From a mere Rs 3.15 crore income through fines, we got Rs 11.80 crore in 2016,” Mr Rao talked about.

“Congress charge is like a cat going for a pilgrimage after eating 100 rats,” he talked about, leading to strong protests from Mr Shabbir Ali, Mr Sudhakar Reddy and others. TRS MLCs countered the Opposition protests.