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Rampant illegal sand mining in Cauvery and its branch rivers has prompted the district administration to take out a novel rally through the villages along the borders of the river in Thiruverumbur area to sensitize the people about the danger of plundering the natural resources.

Flagged off at Kiliyur village here on Wednesday, the rally traversed Thiruverumbur, Pathalapettai, Koothaipaar, Panayakurichi, Bharathipuram, Vengur and Sarkarapalayam in Thiruverumbur Taluk. Thiruverumbur was chosen as some miscreants in the villages abutting Cauvery river had been indulging in illegal sand mining activities.   “The objective of the rally is to educate the people about the danger of illegal sand mining that would affect their livelihood and land them in trouble. There were incidences of people being lured by the offenders to take the sand in bags in small quantities and deliver it to them so that they can sell them in bulk. We made them aware about this through the rally,” said revenue divisional officer (RDO), Trichy K Anbalagan.

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Anbalagan also said that the monitoring team comprising tahsildar, revenue inspectors and village administrative officers were already keeping vigil in the area to prevent sand mining. As many as 200 officers and staff from revenue, police, mines and minerals, public works department (PWD), district rural development agency (DRDA) and health department participated in the rally. Pamphlets with awareness and warning messages were distributed to the public. The officials told the people that illegal sand mining would attract criminal case and imprisonment under section 21 (1 ) Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act and section 379 of IPC.

The awareness programme also carried a sentimental message that illegal sand mining would tantamount to sucking the blood of the mother. It was also stressed that prevention of sand mining was the duty of everyone so as to safeguard water resources and avoid flooding during the rainy season.

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