Clay mining at Cherupuzha terrifying a whole village
Karulayi: Clay mining at Cherupuzha is terrifying a whole village. Locals are afraid that the river might change its course if clay mining continues.
The mining takes place with permission from authorities but locals wonder how permission was granted for mining on the riverside near the forest boundary. The permission is to mine in 20 cents of land and it has been a week since mining started.
The mining has gone below the water level. If this continues, during monsoon the river will fill up and the land might cave in at the borders resulting in the river changing its course.
Multiple loads of soil are being transported from Cherupuzha on a daily basis. The locals allege that authorities are ignoring their protests. If clay mining continues, it will adversely affect the forest and the river, they said.
The formal permission is being exploited to mine excess amounts of soil and to transport huge amounts of clay, said the locals, who are gearing up for a mass protest.