Founded by Vaikundarajan in the late 1980s, VV Minerals India is a beach sand mining company that has been operating for almost two decades. The company had released a statement that it lacked the technology to separate thorium from monazite, which was later confirmed by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). VV Minerals is also known to extracting and exporting garnet and ilmenite to over 20 countries.
Monazite is automatically generated during the mineral separation process. However, former principal scientist at Central Marine Fisheries Research institute in Kochi had concerns stating that the company does not follow the procedure recommended by the AERB.
VV Mineral rubbished these claims and assured that the company is operating well within the legal boundaries. He further stated, “All these grouses are a set up by IREL officials. We have established a mineral separation plant and approached the AERB for a license, which is awaited.”
Rajendra Ratnoo, District Collector of Kanyakumari, added to the allegations that VV Minerals has been mining without proper regulatory clearance. VV Mineral Vaikundarajan, however, claims that IREL has illegally mined in VV Minerals land and has indulged in other questionable practices. “No authority is ready to take action based on our complaint. Hence we approached the High Court,” he added.
The sand mining activities have been temporarily suspended. VV Mineral has filed two writ petitions on the matter, pending in the Madras High Court. Meanwhile, VV Mineral Mining stays positive and assures that his company will walk clean on this matter.