Undoing the damage: Deep pits created by illegal sand mining in Alathur kanmoi in Madurai being levelled by earthmoving equipment on Sunday.
The mining was stopped after The Hindu carried a report about illegal mining going on brazenly at the spot while licence was granted only for lifting the top layer of alluvial soil for agricultural purposes.
The licensee has been asked not to lift even alluvial soil from the kanmoi for now,” he said.
| Photo Credit: G. MoorthyIllegal mining of sand from Alathur kanmoi (tank) near Kaathakinaru in Madurai North taluk, which was going on for a week with pits dug for more than 15 feet, has been stopped by officials.
They have asked the violators to level the pits dug during mining with the top layer of soil taken from remaining part of the tank.
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