Plea seeks cancelling of permission for PWD to mine sand from Palar

However, the department executive engineer mined vast quantity of sand violating all conditions, day and night.

Published: 22nd December 2018 02:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd December 2018 05:24 AM   |  A+A-

Madras High Court (File photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: A PIL petition has been filed in the Madras High Court to cancel the permission given to Public Works Department to mine sand from Palar river at Pattu village in Vellore district.

In his petition, a resident of the village contended that the Vellore Collector, by an order dated July 27, 2017, granted permission to the Public Works Department to quarry sand subject to certain conditions. 

However, the department executive engineer mined vast quantity of sand violating all conditions, day and night. The trees situated in the river were damaged up to their roots, he alleged and prayed for a direction to the Collector to consider his representation dated December 5 to cancel the permission granted.

When the matter came up before a division bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam on 
Friday, Additional Government Pleader sought time to file a status report with supporting documents with
regard to petitioner’s allegations as well as the steps taken for the removal of the said trees in the water-body. The division bench posted the matter for January 22.

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