Staff Reporter

Nagercoil: The Government was urged to follow the provisions of Hill Area Conservation Authority to regulate the rock quarries in different parts of the district at a seminar held on Saturday.

The seminar was organised by INTACH and the CREATE trust.

The organisations urged the Department of Mines and Minerals to monitor illegal quarries and to control the violation of Tamil Nadu Mineral Concession Rules, 1959 and the Granite Conservation Land Development Rules 1999.

To notice

The seminar was inaugurated by the District Revenue Officer, Kalai Selvan, who requested the public to bring to his notice, instances of violation of mining rules and illegal quarries.

The District Forest Officer, V. Sundararaju said that forest area in the district was highly encroached and he also said that no quarrying activity inside the reserved forest was allowed as it was a wild life sanctuary.

The convenor of the seminar, R. S. Lal Mohan, said the seminar aimed at highlighting the importance of the hills such as control of micro climate and wind regulation.

He also said that the hills were very important to maintain the ground water level and to receive rainfall.

He suggested the strengthening of the Hill Area Conservation Authority. N. Chandrasaekar, Department of Geotechnology from M.S.University, Tirunelveli, C. Srikumar Chatopadhya, Head, Department of Resource Analysis Divisions Earth Science Centre, Thiruvananthapuram attended the seminar.