TAMIL NADU

Submit report on sand quarrying: HC

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the Thanjavur Collector to file a status report on a PIL plea that sought a direction to restrain the State from carrying out sand quarrying operations in Budalur.

A Division Bench of Justices M. Sathyanarayanan and P. Rajamanickam directed the Collector to file the report and asked if the sand quarried was used for construction activities of government projects or sold to private parties.

In his petition, V. Jeevakumar from Budalur said the government had issued environment clearance to operate a sand quarry in Thiruchenampoondi in Budalur. But the clearance was issued in violation of norms. The hearing was posted for September 2.

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