Orders issued to farmers and potters in Coimbatore to remove topsoil from water bodies

Collector Kranti Kumar Pati handing over an order to remove topsoil from water bodies in the district to a farmer at the Coimbatore Collectorate on Monday.

Collector Kranti Kumar Pati hands over an order to a farmer to remove topsoil from water bodies in the district at the Coimbatore Collectorate on Monday. | Photo courtesy: Special arrangement

On Monday, orders were issued to farmers and potters in Coimbatore and Tiruppur districts to remove alluvial soil from water bodies controlled by the Water Resources Department and the Rural Development and Panchayat Department.

Soon after Chief Minister MK Stalin launched the programme through video conferencing, Coimbatore Collector Kranthi Kumar Pati handed over the orders to 10 beneficiaries from Mettupalayam in the presence of Saravanan, Joint Director, Mines and Geology Department.

The Department of Mines and Geology identified 88 water bodies in Coimbatore district where fertile topsoil was being removed by farmers.

Nine water bodies under the control of the Public Works Department and 276 water bodies under the purview of rural development in Tirupur district have been identified for this purpose. Beneficiaries have to apply online through https://tnesavai.tn.gov.in.

A farmer is allowed to take 25 tractor-loads of topsoil for cultivable land and 30 tractor-loads of topsoil for dry land. Under this scheme, the beneficiary farmer is allowed to take soil for one acre of agricultural land once in two years.

Citing amendments in the Tamil Nadu Minor Mineral Concession Rules, 1959, up to May 9, 2022, a senior official said permission for removal of topsoil and soil was now being given at the taluk level.

A senior official said that farmers and potters have been allowed to extract clay from water bodies in their villages and respective blocks.

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