Riverbed mining

A requiem for rivers

Print edition : July 24, 2015

A 10-foot-deep pond that was formed in the bed of the Palar because of indiscriminate mining of sand, in Vellore district. A file picture. Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

Unscientific and indiscriminate quarrying, illegal stockyards and the nexus between officials and the sand mafia may lead to rivers in Tamil Nadu being mined out of existence.

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