sand mining

River sand quarrying resumes

Date of Release: 
Nov 26 2013

After a brief lull, quarrying of river sand commenced in five places on Monday, taking the total number of re-opened sand quarries to 12.

On Wednesday last, seven quarries resumed operations. Of the 12 functioning quarries, five are on the Coleroon river (two each in Thanjavur and Nagapattinam districts and one in Ariyalur); five on the Cauvery (four in Karur and one in Tiruchi) and two on the Gundar (both in Virudhunagar), according to officials of the Public Works Department (PWD).

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Malaysian Nature Society reiterates call for study

Date of Release: 
Nov 15 2013

A DETAILED Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study must be conducted before approval is given for activities such as extraction of natural resources such as timber and sand, said the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS).

“Similar studies should also be conducted for dump sites,” said MNS vice-president Henry Goh.

“The MNS is very concerned about the rampant deforestation activities being carried out nationwide.

“The latest report on Bukit Enggang is just one example. We are not against development but all plans must include an EIA study.”

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India: Review order on sand mining, appeals State government

Date of Release: 
Oct 10 2012

The State government has filed a revision petition in the Madras High Court seeking a review of the court’s order issued on August 3 pertaining to sand mining.

In that order, a division bench at Madurai had held that permission for fresh sand mining in Cauvery river area should be granted only after getting environmental clearance from the State-level Environment Impact Assessment Authority. The government wanted the court to modify the order to avoid shortage of sand for the public and for its own developmental works.

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