Collector asks officials to crack down on illegal sand quarrying
Vellore Collector S. Nagarajan has directed the revenue officials to take action under the Tamil Nadu Protection of Tanks and Eviction of Encroachments Act 2007 against persons who have encroached water bodies such as rivers, tanks and ponds and constructed houses or shops in them.
Presiding over a meeting to review the functioning of various departments at the Collectorate here on Tuesday, Mr. Nagarajan said that action would also be taken against those who extracted sand illegally from the river and against those who operated their quarries even after the expiry of the quarry licence. He asked the officials to set up religious harmony committees in police stations and villages in all taluks.
Pointing out that the permits granted to 48 factories have been cancelled in the district, he directed the officials to seal the factories, which continued in function even after the cancellation of their permits. He said that those having guns and revolvers should return the arms after the expiry of the licence. He asked the officials to cancel the licences of those who failed to return their guns and revolvers even after the expiry of the licence. He asked the police department to fill all vacancies of police constables in the temples under the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department in Vellore district. He thanked the officials of the police, fire and rescue services, revenue and health who discharged their duties in an exemplary manner in during relief operations during the recent train accident near Arakkonam.
A. Sundaravalli, District Revenue Officer, A.G. Babu, Superintendent of Police, Jagannathan, Sub-Collector, Ranipet and Senthilkumar, Regional Transport Officer participated in the meeting.