'Answer to sand transport permit woes soon'
Problems with regard to the cancellation of sand transport permits
will be rectified shortly, Mass Media and Information Minister and
Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said.
The minister was responding to a question from a journalist at the
weekly Cabinet press briefing at the ministry yesterday as to why
several lorries transporting sand, which had no permits were arrested
when permits were no longer required.
Rambukwella said certain shortcomings in the Constitution have
contributed to this and added these will be rectified shortly.
He said the problematic situation had occurred due to the unwanted
intervention by a judicial officer.
The minister said even though permits are not required for sand
transportation, sand mining needs valid permits adding that those
activities are monitored by the Environment Ministry. DM