Banned sand quarries boom in Palar river basin
At least three illegal sand quarries are functioning in Palar river basin in Udumalpettaluk in Tirupur district. Villagers said illegal sand mining was happening for months in the region, and the violators had threatened residents as well as the officials.
The district administration was yet to initiate any sort of enquiry into the issue. On Saturday, two sand-laden trucks managed to escape, even as a team of revenue officials tried to stop them in Ravanaapuram village.
Palar, the sub-tributary of Aliyarriver, originates at Thirumoorthy hills, and passes through villages in Udumalpet and enters Coimbatore district.