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They want stringent action against persons involved in sand quarrying

Stop this: Farmers laid siege to a vehicle carrying ‘illegally mined' sand in Gobichettipalayam on Thursday.
Stop this: Farmers laid siege to a vehicle carrying ‘illegally mined' sand in Gobichettipalayam on Thursday.

A group of farmers laid siege to a few vehicles, which carried sand ‘illegally mined' from Bhavani riverbed and other water sources in Gobichettipalayam on Thursday.

Annoyed over the inaction from the authorities to prevent illegal quarrying of sand, the farmers gathered at Gobichettipalayam and detained two vehicles which carried ‘illegally mined' sand. They also blocked traffic on Gobichettipalayam – Sathyamangalam main road demanding concrete efforts from authorities to prevent the illegal quarrying of sand in the district.

The farmers alleged that illegal sand mining with political backing was rampant in many parts of the district. Several truck loads of sand, illegally scooped from river beds and other water sources, were being transported every day from Gobichettipalayam and Sathyamangalam blocks. The rampant illegal sand mining had affected the local geography in the form of depletion of water resources in rivers and lakes, and devastation of farm lands and village roads.

We had complained to the officials at all the levels. We had also raised this issue at the monthly grievances meetings. But no efforts had been made to prevent the illegal mining of sand till date, a farmer said.

The farmers wanted the Collector to intervene in this issue and instruct the officials to initiate stern action against those quarrying sand illegally.

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