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Updated: October 18, 2013 02:21 IST

Special teams taking stock of quarries along Tirunelveli coastline

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Revenue Secretary Gagandeep Singh Bedi inspecting a beach mining quarry at Kodavilai in Tirunelveli district on Thursday. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen
The Hindu Revenue Secretary Gagandeep Singh Bedi inspecting a beach mining quarry at Kodavilai in Tirunelveli district on Thursday. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

Fifteen such teams comprising 128 officials are involved in the process

Special teams led by State Revenue Secretary Gagandeep Singh Bedi began inspecting various beach mining quarries along the coastline in Tirunelveli district on Thursday.

The teams started an on-the-spot assessment on different stretches to ascertain whether mining activities were carried out beyond leased areas.

The Revenue Secretary, who arrived here on Wednesday evening, said inspections were scheduled to be held on October 17, 18 and 19. During this schedule, inspections would be made in 52 quarries at 22 different locations.

Fifteen teams comprising 128 officials were involved in the inspection.

Each team consisted of a revenue official, surveyor, officials from the Department of Mines and Minerals and from TN Pollution Control Board. During the schedule, the Revenue Secretary was accompanied by Collector C. Samayamoorthy.

Initially, the teams inspected the quarries at three spots including Kuttam, five places at Karaichuthu Uvari, two locations at Karaichuthu Pudur besides Levengipuram, Irrukan Durai, Chettikulam, Kudankulam, Vijayapathi and Thiruvembalapuram.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had constituted the special teams to take stock of illegal mining activities executed along the coastline.

The move came following grievances lodged by fishermen about indiscriminate mining initially at Periyathaalai and other coasts in Vilathikulam in Tuticorin district at meetings convened by former Tuticorin Collector Ashish Kumar.

Responding to the grievances, he ordered the officials concerned to inspect Vaipar, Vembar, Periyasamipuram and its surroundings in Vilathikulam taluk in August.

After the inspection, he allegedly found illegal mining operations.

It prompted the Chief Minister to constitute special teams, which earlier conducted inspections in two phases at six different locations along coastline in Tuticorin district during August.

The Government can inspect any industry without banning its operations........It can be carried out when the companies are functioning .........so that both of them can achieve win win solution.......The Govt's responsibility is to regulate the industry by laying strict rules and periodically it should be inspected................

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Oct 18, 2013 at 11:50 IST

The Government's probing action is really appreciated and everyone welcome this measure. but it should not ban any activities for more than a month before probing.............. This is highly objectionable.........The reputation of these industries is not a easy matter to gain again................

from:  Suguna
Posted on: Oct 18, 2013 at 11:47 IST

The people working in these companies were believing that the Govt. will allow these companies to operate immediately when this probing is over...... Hope the Govt. will not be the cause for destroying the lives of 50000 employees............

from:  Sathesh
Posted on: Oct 18, 2013 at 11:42 IST

Government do not think the pain of workers,Resume the mining again.

from:  Kannan
Posted on: Oct 18, 2013 at 11:18 IST
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