PEOPLE'S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES (PUCL)-CHENNAI & SURROUNDING DISTRICTS
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Release of interim report of Fact Finding Team (FFT) on River Sand Mining in the Palar and Cheyyar Basins in Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu
Constitution of the Fact-finding Mission
On the basis of complaints received of illegal sand mining in the Palar and Cheyyar basins in Kanchipuram District, the Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)-Chennai andSurrounding districts set up a fact-finding team (FFT) with the following members toinvestigate the same:1.
Prof. G. Saraswathi, President, PUCL-TN & Puducherry2.
Prof. S. Sankaralingam, President, PUCL - Chennai & Surrounding Districts3.
Saravanan K, Treasurer, PUCL - Tamil Nadu & Pudhucherry4.
K. Sudhir, Peoples Architecture Commonweal5.
D. Leela, Peoples Architecture Commonweal6.
K. Ragul, Student, School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University7.
G. V. Kumaresan, Engineer 8.
Kanchi Kailasam, Student of Law interning at PUCL and 5 other studentvolunteers
Terms of Reference
The team decided to look into
legal frame work related to river sand mining in Tamil Nadu, mining procedures followed at quarries, the role of government at various levels, social, environmental and economic impacts of river sand mining including aspects of healthand impact on traditional governance of commons.
The ToR was broadly divided into miningrelated, executive role related and impact related sections (The detailed ToR will be includedin final report).
Schedule and Process followed by the FFT to Collate Facts
Aug.2013, the FFT visited sand mining sites/quarries and stock yardsin Palar and Cheyyar river basins and interacted with people of the area, took photographsand videos of the sand mining activity, spent quarries and stockyards and interviews of people.On 30
Aug. and 2
Sep.2013, the team interviewed various District officialsincluding the District Collector.
Apart from these visits and interactions, the FFT has been collating facts for the pastseveral weeks, from various replies to questions under RTI, Tamil Nadu Minor Minerals