Equip team probing sand mining: HC to TN

Illegal and excessive mining on Cauvery and Vaigai river banks causing massive environmental damage

PTI | August 18, 2011



The Madras high court bench here has directed the Tamil Nadu government to provide enough staff and other amenities for the state level monitoring committee to curb illegal sand quarrying,and ensure proper and skilful quarrying of sand from the river bed.

A division bench of justice P Jyothimani and justice M M Sundresh recorded the submission made by the advocate general K Chellapandian that it had been constituted as per court directions and assumed office on March24. It had been given infrastructure facilities at P S Kumarasamy Raja Salai.

The judges directed the petitioners including farmers associations to approach the panel on illegal and excessive quarrying from various rivers including Cauvery and Vaigai,and environmental degradation due to the same.

The committee should resolve the disputes in consultation with the public works department officials and respective collectors. If there were any problems, regarding the powers of the committee, they could be brought to the notice of the court with a proper application.

The judges asked the petitioners to approach the committee first as per the orders of the bench.

Earlier, on December 2 last year, a division bench had ordered the constitution of the committee while disposing of a batch of PILs, including one filed by CPI leader R Nallakannu.

The judges had also made it clear that the committee would be in existence intially for a period of two years and duration could be extended depending upon the need.

Comments

 

Other News

Stories you must read over the weekend

NHAI chairman Raghav Chandra talks about steps taken by the highway authority to speed up highway construction projects, improve maintenance of highways and make them safer and more user friendly. READ:

All you need to know about the Nirbhaya Fund

The Nirbhaya Fund was announced by the government in its 2013 union budget with a corpus of Rs 1,000 crore. According to then finance minister, P. Chidambaram, this fund was expected to support initiatives by the government and NGOs working towards protecting the dignity and ensuring safety of women in Ind

NEET politics

The national eligibility cum entrance test (NEET), a single window examination for entering medical schools for MBBS and BDS courses across the country, was introduced with an aim to remove the hassle of appearing in hundreds of examinations separately. The move was introduced to lessen corruption and irre

In conversation with Musician Salil Bhatt

Salil Bhatt is an Indian classical musician born in a family that has a 500-year-old legacy in music. He represents the tenth generation of famous Bhatt lineage and is the son of renowned Mohan Veena player, Grammy awardee Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Like his father who created Mohan Veena, Salil has cr

Thirsty world stares at limp economy

India along with the rest of the world is facing an acute water scarcity, a crisis that is deepening with each passing year and now posing a threat to the world economy. A World Bank report, ‘High and dry: Climate change, water and the economy’, says that economic growth is a sur

One-time opportunity to declare undisclosed income

 The government has announced ‘income declaration scheme’, scheduled to open from June 1 this year, for all those who have not declared income correctly in earlier years, asking them to come forward and declare their undisclosed income now.   Under the scheme, su

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter