The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has directed the authorities concerned to conduct an inspection and take appropriate action if illegal sand quarrying was detected in Sakkudi in Madurai district.
A Division Bench of Justices D. Krishnakumar and R. Vijayakumar passed the direction while hearing a petition filed by K.M. Pari of Sakkudi, who complained about illegal sand quarrying and sought a direction to the authorities to take appropriate action against erring officials.
The petitioner also sought a direction to restrain the authorities from issuing licence, approval or consent order for sand quarrying for commercial purposes.
He said under the garb of extracting earth/sand from patta land, some people were damaging a nearby waterbody. The authorities submitted that the lease period was valid till 2018 and no quarrying operation was permitted after that.
Taking note of the submissions, the court directed the authorities to inspect the area and find out whether any illegal sand quarrying was being carried out.
If there were any illegal operations, necessary action should be taken in accordance with law as expeditiously as possible, the court directed and disposed of the petition.