Viapar is a coastal village in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district. The locals here are troubled by heavy beach erosion caused due to illegal beach mining across the region.
VV Minerals has been held responsible for this catastrophe as several unsupported allegations have surfaced. The accusations also included encroaching of 30 hectares of government land and other mining lease violations.
VV Minerals India, who founded the company in late 1980s, has been accused of using political connections to influence the transfer of district collector, Ashish Kumar, during his investigation stint.
VV Mineral has come out strongly and criticized the unsubstantial accusations. “These allegations made by the former district collector are baseless, motivated and vague,” he said to NDTV.
V Sundaram, former district collector, addressed a letter to the Chief Secretary of the state in January 2013 accusing VV Minerals of illegal mining worth over Rs 96,000 Crores. He further stated that the government departments had favored VV Minerals. “The mining lease was given to them within 72 days, while the other companies are still waiting for permission,” the letter stated.
VV Mineral Vaikundarajan has wrongfully indicted by these allegations and called the saga as a conspiracy by business rivals to malign the brand.
Ravindram Duraiswami, an advocate of the company quoted to 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.”