People of border villages levelled allegations against each other that sand was being illegally mined in their respective territory.
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Residents of Thiruvenganur near Thirumanur complained that some people were mining sand from Kollidam under the pretext of collecting savudu sand.
Kailash Meena, a social worker fighting against illegal sand and gravel mining in the state, said despite repeated court orders the government has failed to curb illegal ‘bajri’ mining.
This technique involves using the cement consumption data in a state for deriving an estimate of sand consumption, as cement sale data is better organised and is readily available.
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The APMDC has requested the government to sanction additional manpower for operation of sand reaches and stockyards.
It started with one, as it always does.
The Public Works Department appears to be violating government norms in mining sand from the Kosasthalaiyar river bed.
However, Express found that nearly half of the 14-acre mining site was covered in shrubbery and has only clay soil at the top.