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Warning Against Illegal Sand Mining

The Department of Physical Planning and Environment in St. Kitts this week reminded the public that there is a sand mining procedure and specified days for the mining of both Ghaut and Bay sand. 

They revealed that a number of persons have been seen removing sand without any legal documentation, indicating that this is a measure that must be stopped immediately.

The Department has indicated that all persons who wish to mine ghaut or bay sand must first pay for such at the Public Works Department, Wellington Road, Basseterre. The receipt must then be taken to the Quarry for the issuing of the appropriate ticketing and instruction as to when and where the sand can be mined legally.

It is an offence under the laws of St. Kitts and Nevis to remove sand from ghauts and beaches without the necessary permit. Persons caught in this illegal activity are liable on summary conviction to a fine, imprisonment or both, said the Department of Physical Planning.

The specified mining days set by the Public Works Department are as follows:

Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays – Ghaut Sand

Wednesdays and Thursdays – Bay Sand

Mining is to be done between the hours of 8.00 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. on the days specified.


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