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The Cabinet has decided to allow the dredging and transporting of sand without a licence from 6.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Environment Minister Anura Priyadharashana Yapa told Parliament today.

He said these laws were being relaxed for the greater convenience of the people and with the intention of keeping the sand prices stable.

The minister said the laws were relaxed in January but this was not found to be sufficient and therefore the law was being further relaxed. An individual is now allowed to dredge and transport sand from his or her own land without a licence while allowing the transport of sand from a building material store to building site. (Yohan Perera)

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  • shan Thursday, 10 May 2012 06:29 PM

    Good thing to do

    sanju de silva Thursday, 10 May 2012 08:33 PM

    what if you are taking the sand off the river on the boundary of your property ?
    does the law extend to this as well ?
    or do we have to bribe and treat the various officers concerned..... ?

    ballo Thursday, 10 May 2012 09:36 PM

    this must be for a minister..

    Royalist Thursday, 10 May 2012 11:02 PM

    The sands of time are running out for mother Lanka...

    reader Friday, 11 May 2012 12:53 AM

    their goes our rivers

    Ranjith Friday, 11 May 2012 01:03 AM

    no income

    Yohan Perera Friday, 11 May 2012 01:45 AM

    Guys, I know this is unbelievable and sounds fishy... However lets try to look at things positively...

    Royalist Friday, 11 May 2012 02:01 AM

    Oh Sanju, Bribing is the norm even if the sand is found in your lunch packet!

    dias Friday, 11 May 2012 04:15 AM

    Temporery Good move. check the prices as well as enviremental impact.

    citizen1 Friday, 11 May 2012 04:34 AM

    Soon all the sand, soil and all possible resources will be robbed while people are daydreaming.

    lankashantha Friday, 11 May 2012 05:53 AM

    So our fleet of 500 going to dig around the country.

    Yehiya Friday, 11 May 2012 09:37 AM

    How long to realize the weakness

    People Friday, 11 May 2012 05:04 PM

    If the politicians are concerned about the "greater convenience of the people" they should reduce the price of essentials or stop increasing their prices as they like

    Dhammika Saturday, 12 May 2012 02:13 PM

    WOW , did any body find NIDAN WASTHU in river sand ...


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