Local residents are not only upset but also worried about illegal sand mining, going on unabated, on the banks of River Nethravathi at Biliyoor under Perne Gram Panchayat.
The sand is being extracted from the river using machines and earth movers. On an average 25 to 30 lorries per day illegally transport sand from the spot to Bengaluru, alleged residents.
The illegal sand mining is rampant along half a kilometer stretch of the River. Even a road has been illegally constructed on the banks for the purpose of transportation. The continuous extraction of the sand for the last two months has led to fear and tension among the residents.