Action will be initiated against those illegally mining sand, say officials
Illegal sand mining along the Bhavani and Cauvery rivers in the district is flourishing once again, thanks to slack supervision by the administration.
The farming community has expressed serious concern over the practice as it ravages the rivers that provides water to the irrigation of more than two lakh hectares of lands in the district.
Huge loads of sand illegally scooped up from the rivers are being transported to the construction sites in the nearby commercial hubs, including Coimbatore, Salem and Tirupur.
The persons are carrying out the mining activities during the night hours and the authorities concerned, including the officials of Department of Geology and Mining, public works department and police personnel, maintain a strict silence on the issue, farmers allege.
This is when the administration has time and again iterated its commitment to curb down on illegal mining in the district.
A few weeks ago, officials found an illegal mining site on the Cauvery riverbed near Kodumudi and seized 14 vehicles that were used to transport the sand.
“This indicates that the illegal mining of sand still remains unchecked in the district,” Tamil Nadu Farmers Association District Secretary T. Subbu says.
“In fact, there is little sand left in the Bhavani river. Persons had already mined more than 90 percent of the sand in the river. People and farmers are not protesting against this issue because they are not aware of the negative impacts of sand mining,” Lower Bhavani Farmers Association president S. Nallasamy says.
The indiscriminate mining of sand has already begun to take a toll on the river system and the agriculture sector in the district.
It has affected the local geography in the form of depletion of groundwater table in many areas. “If this continues, it will lead to a disaster,” he warns.
Officials, however, assured that they would step up the monitoring and initiate action against those illegally mining sand in the rivers.