Tamil Nadu

A sand scam

Print edition : September 20, 2013

The colour of the sea has turned red because of the release of effluent from a sand mining company near Periyathazhai village. Photo: N. Rajesh

A view of the garnet sand mined along the Periyathazhai coast in Tuticorin district. Photo: N. Rajesh

Fishermen speaking to Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Secretary, Revenue Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, and head of the special team investigating the allegations of illicit mining, at Periyathazhai. Photo: N. Rajesh

Allegations of illegal beach sand mining in southern Tamil Nadu gain considerable strength with the government transferring the Collector of Tuticorin district who ordered a crackdown on some mining units run by politically influential persons.
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