Protesters lay siege to sand quarry in Karur dist

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU -

Karur: The Cau­very Con­ser­va­tion Com­mit­tee, Naam Tamizhar Katchi (NTK) and peo­ple of Kulitha­lai laid siege to a sand min­ing quarry at Manathat­tai on Fri­day de­mand­ing its clo­sure. The quarry is lo­cated 500m from a pump­ing sta­tion which acts as the main source of wa­ter for Manap­pa­rai. Protesters said they had been try­ing to get in touch with of­fi­cials for the past four days to hold talks in order to reach a so­lu­tion but re­ceived no re­sponse. A com­mit­tee mem­ber told Ex­press, “We in­sisted of­fi­cials show us the per­mit or li­cence for quarry but they never both­ered to re­spond. In fact, they do not even have a trans­port li­cence for the lor­ries which ferry the sand to ware­house. A lorry with a limit to carry three tonnes of sand is be­ing loaded with nine tonnes.“

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