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Irregularities alleged in sand-mining

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KOCHI, JAN. 21. The Association for Environmental Protection alleged that there were irregularities in the allocation of sand-mining ghats.

In a statement today, the association secretary, S. Sitaraman, and the secretary of the Kerala River Protection Samithy, C.M. Joy, said that irregularities were rampant in the allocation of ghats at Kalady, Okkal, Koovappady, Perumbavoor, Malayattoor, Vazhakkulam, Sreemoolanagaram, Keezhmadu, Valakam and Maradi panchayats.

The expert committee had not allotted ghats at Sreemoolanagaram, Vazhakkulam, Keezhmadu and Kavalangadu. But 19 ghats were allowed for sand-mining illegally in these places, the statement said. This apart, the distance norm had been violated at Koovappady, Okkal, Kalady, Perumbavoor, Malayattoor and Maradi. The Kaladi bridge is in danger because of the unrestricted sand-mining, they said. They alleged that no steps were being initiated by the authorities to check the violation.

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