Chennai: The Madras High Court on Thursday directed Tamil Nadu government to consider the representation made by former MLA M Appavu to ban river sand mining.
Appavu submitted that in 2002, the Madras High Court, while dealing with a PIL, directed the state government to constitute a committee to conduct a scientific survey on the river sand quarrying and submit a report.
The committee suggested use of crushed stones and as an alternate material to natural sand for construction activities.
In spite of the recommendation of the use of crushed stones and, the usage of river sand continues in all construction activities, Appavu contended.
Due to continuous river sand mining, the state was facing rapid drying up of rivers, lakes, ponds, leading to water scarcity and drought.