A division bench of justices M Duraiswamy and K Murali Shankar ordered notice on the public interest litigation filed by G Pachaiperumal of Tuticorin district.
The petitioner stated that a few people own brick kilns near the riverbed at Sriparankusanallur village in Srivaikuntam taluk. Most of the kilns are functioning illegally without obtaining proper permission.
The owners are involved in illegal mining of sand from Thamirabarani river and the nearby patta land to manufacture bricks. He stated that largescale mining is being done up to 20 to 30 feet in the riverbed. He further stated that they have also encroached the water catchment area of the river.
Though the authorities are bound to take steps to prevent such illegal activities, no action was taken despite several representations. Hence, the petitioner moved the HC Madurai bench. He also sought for a direction to the authorities to restrain the brick kilns from functioning near the riverbed.