The environmental committee of the Sasthra Sahitya Parishad district committee has demanded the government to curb the increasing number of brick making units and unscientific granite mining in the district.

The Andhra Pradesh Government today announced a six-member high powered committee to inquire into the granite mishap at Chimakurthi in Prakasham district of the State which resulted in the death of about 14 workmen.

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Feb. 27: The Communist Party of India (CPI) state secretary, Mr K. Narayana, demanded stern action against the granite quarry lease holders in Chimakurti who were responsible for the death of the quarry workers.

ANANTAPUR, Sept. 22: Industrial pollutants are contaminating the Penna river in Anantapur district.

Many industries located along the banks are indiscriminately releasing effluents into the river at Tadipatri which has constant groundwater levels in the district.

There are 200 granite and 1,000 blackstone industries concentrated in and around Tadipatri.

SPOT CHECK: Mines Minister K. Ponmudy, centre, inspecting a hillock near Tiruvadavur in Madurai district where quarrying was under way on Wednesday. Collector N. Mathivanan, left, is seen.

MADURAI: The Tamil Nadu government will curb granite quarrying near hills with heritage monuments, said Mines Minister K. Ponmudy here on Wednesday.

The fine granite dust coming out of the burners of the quarry covered the entire area and even polluted drinking water in the village }
VILLAGERS of Adanchan Kanmaipatti submitted a petition to the District Collector during the weekly grievances day on Monday, seeking closure of a PRP granite-quarrying unit in that locality.

Priyadarshi Siddhanta

Arguing that the current practice of granting mining leases on a first-come-first-serve basis is complicated, cumbersome and impedes value-addition, the Steel Ministry today made out a case for devising a new formula in the new version of the MMDR Act being drafted by the Mines Ministry to ensure captive mines to the

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KOCHI: With river sand getting dearer due to scarcity and the government imposing stringent restrictions on its mining, granite powder is gaining more popularity.

Granite powder, which is otherwise known as MSand, is a good substitute for river sand and can help cut down the cost of construction considerably, said a source from Bharat Rock Powder, Manjapra, Angamali.

The Sindh government would soon initiate work for the promotion of small scale mining by employing latest practices in marble and granite mining. Sources told Business Recorder on Monday that a scheme was being introduced to improve mining practices in small scale mining sector at Sonda, district Jamshoro, and granite at Nagarparkar with a total cost of Rs 2,500 million.

Granite in Haryana a possible source uranium has contaminated milk, wheat, pulses and water in Bathinda district in Punjab, a study by scientists of Amritsar