Expressing disapproval, Madurai Bench of Madras high court on Wednesday asked the additional advocate general as to what was government stand on appointment of a state-level committee as well as district level panels to monitor sand quarrying from rivers in the state.
Justice P Jyothimani and justice MM Sundresh deprecated the government for not forming the committee though the court had ordered long ago.
The Judges said the Committee was only on paper as a Government order, and now the question was how serious the government was in forming the monitoring Committee.
The case was posted for further hearing on August 16 for getting the government's stand on the committee.
The Bench was hearing a batch of writ petitions about illegal sand mining in the Vaigai river, Madurai, Sivaganga and the Cauvery river near Tiruchi where even the bank of the river had reportedly been breached to make way for lorries.
Farmers' welfare associations and individuals had filed petitions seeking to curb illegal sand as it would affect ground water and irrigation of farm lands in Tiruchi, Madurai and southern districts.