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Twenty special teams assess hidden granite blocks in Madurai

Madurai, Aug 18 (): Twenty special teams of officials from Revenue Department engaged by district administration arrived in Keelaiyur village near Melur to take stock of the granite stones hidden by the mining firms on Friday.

Huge granite blocks that were hidden by soil gravel, blue metals and sludge were allegedly stored on both the private and the government properties in the village, said the officials.

The team has already started their work in Keelaiyur which was led by the Collector who identified the granite stones, in addition to evaluating and marking them, said sources.

“We have set to conclude the investigation as soon as possible, therefore additional officials from several Taluks were put to service,” said an official.

On the other hand, a team of five members have been examining documents in connection to the water bodies that are situated in the Melur taluk. It is believed that most of these water bodies were intruded upon by the granite majors.

Information pertaining to the water tanks, irrigation canals and wastelands that belonged to the local body and the public works department were being collected from the offices of the registrar and the local body. “The copies of records are likely to be handed over in the court in order to take action against the people involved in the scam,” said an official.

Out of 166 quarries examined, 76 were found to have violated the permitted area ranging from minor to major differences, added the official.

The Madurai district administration has requested the Madras high court that the CBI inquiry insisted by a journalist into the multi-crore illegal granite quarrying scam was not required as the probe is already being done in a specialized manner.

The officials have filed twelve cases against the licence holder for indulging in theft, criminal trespass as well as other charges in addition to destroying evidences of quarrying by filling waste materials into quarried pits, said the officials.