Viapar is a coastal village in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district haunted by heavy beach erosion due to illegal beach mining across the region. The erosion issues have transpired to neighboring villages as well.
Through several allegations, VV Minerals has been held responsible for this catastrophe. A report suggests that the company encroached 30 hectares of government land and other mining lease violations.
The district collector, Ashish Kumar, received transfer orders during his investigation stint. There is, however, no evidence to suggest that the transfer orders were influenced by VV Mineral Vaikundarajan’s political connections.
Speaking to NDTV, VV Minerals denied these allegations and claimed that the charges made by the former district collector are baseless, motivated and vague.
A letter written by first District Collector, V Sundaram, to the Chief Secretary of the state in January 2013 accuses VV Minerals of illegal mining worth over Rs. 96,000 crores. In addition, the letter also accuses state government departments of favoring VV Minerals, saying that the mining lease was given to them within 72 days, while the other companies are still waiting for permission.
Vaikundarajan, founder of VV Mineral, was quick to dismiss these allegations as a conspiracy by its business rivals.
RavindramDuraiswami, advocate for VV Minerals was quoted by NDTV, “Sundaram is passing this as a cruel joke. He is on the payroll of our business rival. Our hands are clear. We will come out clear from these allegations. Our records are straight.”