Moodbidri, August 11, 2014: In the wake of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the Legal Services Committee before the High Court for introducing a law to control stone quarry mishaps in the State, the High Court had ordered to submit a report to the department of state mines and geology. Abiding with the directions of the HC, the State High Court Legal Services Committee representatives visited the various quarries in Moodbidri on August 10. Two advocates from Poovaiah and Company Advocates and Solicitors carried out an inspection and collected data from various stone quarries.
Two children Suraksha (7) and Sukanya (4) breathed their last after falling into a stone quarry near Beluvai Maladi on July 20. The committee members Vikram Hegade and Pratik collected information from the parents of the deceased. The team observed that the stone quarry is in clear violation of mines and geology department rules that no quarrying is permitted at a distance of 50 metres from residential area. The representatives also noted that no precautionary measures were taken at the spot.
The advocates then visited the stone quarry near Kariyanangadi school and collected information from local people. As the quarry is left without soil cover, the rain water has filled in the quarry, posing danger to general public and schoolchildren, the ream observed.
The members of Legal Services Committee later visited Bhoomadachadavu in the limits of Bajpe Police station where three children Vanishree (12), Meghashree (11) and Yakshitha (6) of Vasu Shettigar and Seetha Shettigar couple, died after falling into the quarry.
“Protective fences should be erected around the quarrying area and soil has to be filled after using the quarry. The land is to be considered by the government for reuse later. There are lime stone quarries which are very close to residential areas. All these are the cases of clear violations of rules. The report on the same will be submitted to the High Court,” Vikram Hegade told mediapersons present.