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Farmers oppose move to start quarry unit at Kodarankulam

Staff Reporter

They plan to stage demonstration on April 28

Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

DEMAND: Members of Ambasamudram Taluk Tamiraparani Farmers' Welfare Association who demand a ban on stone quarrying at Kodarankulam.—

TIRUNELVELI: Members of Ambasamudram Taluk Tamiraparani Farmers' Welfare Association submitted a petition at the Collectorate on Monday seeking official intervention to stop the ongoing preparations to start a stone quarry unit at Kodarankulam.

The petition submitted by secretary of the association, R. Papanasam, said that when the government gave permission for granite quarrying at Aladiyoor near Ambasamudram, it attracted sharp criticism from all sections of the society and Communist Party of India leader R. Nallakannu mobilised the public and the farmers against the “looting of mineral wealth that badly affected the environment, threatened the people living nearby and also posed serious threat to the nearby Manimuthar Dam providing succour to several thousands of hectares of cultivable lands.”

Meantime, preliminary steps were being taken to start stone quarrying at Kodarankulam near the Tamiraparani “in violation of the established and laid-down norms of Department of Pollution Control and Department of Forest” even as a case pertaining to carrying out mining activities in and around Kodarankulam was pending before the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court.

“It is reliably learnt that the work on establishing the quarry has been started without getting permission from the Department of Forest. Since the matter is pending before the court, the district administration should instruct the Tamil Nadu Minerals Corporation not to carryout any work at Kodarankulam,” Mr. Papanasam said.

He warned that a demonstration would be staged near Vandimarichamman Temple in protest against giving permission for quarrying on April 28.

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