Cadre of the Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) staged a demonstration here on Tuesday urging the State government to check illegal sand quarrying and streamline sand quarries across the State.
While seeking the formation of a high-level committee to monitor sand quarries, the CPI (M) party workers wanted the government to take steps to control sand price. The party members who had embarked on a ‘padayatra' separately from Karthigaipatti near Thottiyam and from Anbil near Lalgudi in support of their charter of demands a few days ago, assembled near the Collectorate in the city on Tuesday where they staged a demonstration that was led by the CPI (M) district secretary S. Sridhar. The party MLA K. Balakrishnan and functionaries took part in the stir.
The demonstrators also urged the government to check smuggling of sand to other States and prevent its loot that was taking place in the name of second sale. Opening of additional sand quarries; grant of permission without any condition for direct sale of sand transported through bullock carts and protection of drinking water resources were their other demands.