Chennai, July 13 The State Government has come out with a draft policy for granite mining aimed at simplifying paper work, preventing legal complications, and enabling efficient exploitation of granite reserves in Tamil Nadu in a transparent manner.

Environmental pollution study was undertaken in the stone crushers of Chitrakoot area, U.P., to assess the dust exposure risk in stone crushers. The stone available in the area is igneous rock based granite.

Granite blocks worth Rs 1 crore were seized at illegal mining area near Surappanahalli of Bagepalli taluk, on Monday.

The draft of granite policy 2009 by the Tamil Nadu state government aimed at enabling efficient exploitation of granite reserves in Tamil Nadu in a transparent manner, with due regard to the conservation of minerals, safety of labourers, mines and environmental protection.


PATHANAMTHITTA: The illegal quarry functioning in Thannithode panchayat near Konni is posing danger to hundreds of people.

Located in the 8th ward of Thannithode panchayat, the land in which the illegal quarrying is carried out falls under the restricted category of the Forest Department .

The Karnataka High Court has granted an interim stay order to stop the granite quarrying being carried out by the Andhra-based KNR group near Aroor village in the taluk.

Due to the illegal quarrying being carried out the houses in and around Aroor villages are developing cracks. Vessels and other utensils are falling down. There is also danger to the lives of people living in these houses.

BHUBANESWAR: Accusing Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of violating model code of conduct to favour Korean steel major Posco for granting mining lease, the BJP on Monday petitioned the Election Commission demanding penal action against him.

Ongole, Nov. 25: Until two decades ago, Rajupalem Lakshmi Puram, Ramatheertham and Chimakurthi were nondescript villages. But things suddenly changed when a unique form of granite was discovered in the 1,000 acres of land contiguous to these villages.

Ongole, Nov. 25: Recently, the mines department in the state discovered enor-mous granite stocks beneath the road between Chimakurthi and Rajupalem-Laksh-mipuram. The department estimates that if the granite is excavated form beneath the road, the government could earn a royalty of at least Rs 500 crore.