Govt orders probe into illegal sand mining in TN
The Tamil Nadu government on Friday ordered a probe by a special team into illegal sand mining in Tuticorin and stopped all mining activities till the completion of the inquiry.india Updated: Aug 09, 2013 15:36 IST
The Tamil Nadu government on Friday ordered a probe by a special team into illegal sand mining in Tuticorin and stopped all mining activities till the completion of the inquiry.
The government’s move came in the midst of a controversy over the sudden transfer of Tuticorin district collector Ashish Kumar on Tuesday who was shunted out of office the same day he ordered raids on illegal sand mining. Kumar’s transfer, incidentally, followed the suspension of Budh Nagar sub-divisional magistrate Durga Shakti Nagpal by the Uttar Pradesh government after she cracked down on illegal sand mining, which apparently raised the hackles of the powerful mining mafia.
Official sources said that the Tamil Nadu revenue secretary Gagandeep Singh Bedi will head the team which will probe whether there is illicit mining by 6 lesees in Tuticorin.
The government also cancelled transport permit of all the six lessees under the scanner besides stopping all mining activity by them.
The former Tuticorin district collector Ashish Kumar had ordered the raids after district administration officials inspected sand quarries in two villages on complaints that a mining company was mining far in excess of its permits.
Kumar has since been posted as deputy secretary in the social welfare and nutritious meals department.