In a major swoop, Shivpuri administration seized 40 tractor-trolleys and four dumpers carrying illegally mined sand and stones worth lakhs of rupees on Monday.
District administration sources, however, said the action against illegal mining had been on for past three to four days and after the operation ended on Monday, the figures of total tractor-trolleys and dumpers seized during the operations were made public.
Shivpuri is one of the districts worst-hit by the menace of illegal mining as sand from Sindh river and stone slabs used for construction of houses are illegally mined by powerful and not-so-poweful people alike. In fact, it's a sort of vocation for a lot of people.
On the first day of the operation initiated after the new collector Rajeev Chandra Dubey took charge, the administration seized a dumper and tonnes of sand dumped at Siddheshwar Ground in Shivpuri.
The administration also seized sand and stones from Eravan village and Karera town of Shivpuri district.
District collector Rajeev Chandra Dubey said the exact market prize of sand and stones seized in the latest operations has not been worked out but it would definitely run into lakhs of rupees.
"The evaluation of the price of seized sand and stones has not yet been done but it must be in lakhs. The action against illegal mining would continue in the district," he said.