Fifty-two mining lease sites were inspected by several teams of officials of the State government in Tirunelveli district in the last three days.

In ten or 15 days, the second phase of inspection may be conducted in the district. During the process, another set of officials would be directed to scrutinise the field level inspections, Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Revenue Secretary, told reporters on Saturday, on completion of the present phase of inspection. In the just-concluded phase, 15 teams carried out the inspection.

Three- day inspection on beach sand quarries along coastline in Tirunelveli district concluded on Saturday.

Special teams, led by Gagandeep Singh Bedi, commenced the inspection in quarries on October 17. Mr Bedi was accompanied by District Collector C. Samayamorthy during the inspection. “We have verified the reports of the teams consisting officials from departments of Revenue, Mines and Minerals and Pollution Control Board with surveyors”.

After completing inspections in quarries in other districts including Kanyakumari, Madurai and Tiruchi, as instructed by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, a final report would be submitted to the government, he said.

Many people also submitted petitions to the Revenue Secretary for and against the functioning of quarries at the Collectorate during the three-day exercise.

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