TAMIL NADU

Sand mining affects drinking water sources

Villagers of Gopalapuram registered their protest against sand quarrying in their vicinity on Wednesday. They stopped two earth-movers from carrying out work to lay temporary road for lorries to reach the new sand quarry to be opened on Friday near Sankaranatham near Sattur. The villagers expressed fear that sand quarrying in Vaippar would affect their water sources. The protest was led by Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam functionary Kaliraj. The Sattur Tahsildar, Michael Raj, promised to stop the preparatory works immediately.

In the other incident, scores of people of Udayanendal blocked nine lorries protesting that sand-laden lorries were damaging their road. The protest was led by Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi functionary Muthupandi. They demanded that sand-laden lorries should not use their road and also sought immediate repair of the road.

Sand mining should be completely banned near drinking water wells in the river bed and other water bodies. These demands were made through resolutions passed at the eighth state-level TWAD Board workers conference held in Theni.

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