Granite mining

Once a hill

Print edition : July 24, 2015

Granite blocks quarried from the Panchapandavar Hill (background) in Keelavalavu near Melur. Photo: S. James

U. Sagayam receiving petitions from police officers in Madurai on December 15, 2014. Photo: S. James

The illegal granite mining industry in Madurai district has cost the exchequer an estimated Rs.16,000 crore and has been responsible for wiping off the face of the earth entire villages, hills and irrigation canals.

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