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Plea to lift ban on sand mining

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A group of Radhapuram Panchayat Union Councillors waiting to submita petetion to the Collector in Tirunelveli on Monday. -Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN
A group of Radhapuram Panchayat Union Councillors waiting to submita petetion to the Collector in Tirunelveli on Monday. -Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN

Even as the State government-appointed committee, headed by Revenue Secretary Gagandeep Singh Bedi, is likely to begin inspection in the coastal areas of the district to assess violations, if any, in sand mining, a good number of local body representatives from this region have started flooding the Collectorate with petitions praying for immediate repeal of the ban on beach sand mining.

“Since the ban has wiped out our livelihood completely, the State government should withdraw its order to give a new lease of life to the labourers, particularly the fishermen, who have been rendered jobless after the ban came into effect,” the petitions said. Though a group of fishermen are spearheading the campaign against sand mining in coastal areas of the three districts, it is quite surprising that another group of fishermen have come out in the open in support of lifting the ban on mineral mining. A group of fishermen’s representatives from seven coastal villages of the district, in their petition submitted to Collector C. Samayamoorthy on Monday.

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