Annexure to the Joint Inspection Report


1-S.O114(E)-CRZ Notification 1991 1 to 12

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2-W.P.No.11971 & 15451-95 Judgement Of By Honble High Court Madras 13 to 44

3-S.O.No.550(E) Dated 21.05.2002 45 to 48


4-G.Os No.156 Dated 08.08.2013 & G.O.173 Dated 17.09.2013 49 to 56


5-W.P No.5386-97 & W.M.P.No.8916-97 & In Writ Appeal No.69 Of 1998 & C.M.P No.423 Of 1998 57 to 82


6-Govt Of India Order No.16-90-2007-M-VI Dated 08-01-2010 & Nagar Committe Report Chapter III 83 to 96


7-Details Of Approximate Replinishment Quanity Of VVM As Per Approved Mining Plan 97 to 102

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8 & 30 Permit details.compressed (1)



9-Commissioner Of Commercial Taxes Letter Dated 23.08.13 199 to 204

10-VOC Port Trust Letter Dated 17-10-2013 205 to 206

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11 Commissioner of Customs letter dt. 27.8.13


13-Letter Dated 21.08.14 availble In Southern Mines Website 269 to 286

14-VVM Legal Notice And News Release In FB 287 to 292

15-Govt Lr To 25 Panchayat Presidents 293 to 294

16-Govt Industries Principal Secretary Letter To Govt Of India Dated 24.11.2004 & 23.07.2013 295 to 344-ilovepdf-compressed

17. Policy On Beach Mineral Notification

17-Policy On Beach Mineral Notified By Govt Of

18-Deccan Chronical News Dated 6.4.15 351 to 352

19-Reply To Parliament Unstarred Question 2654 353-354

20-Tuticorin Port Trust Letter No TRA-STA&R-COMM-12-633 Dated 18.04.2013 355 to 356


21-Dept Of Atomic Energy Press Release No 10-2012 Dated 19.10.2012 357-360


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22-Dept Of Atomic Energy Press Release No 13-2012 Dated 12.12.2012 Of DAE 361 to 366-3

23-AERB Letter Dated 19.12.2012 367 to 370

24-Ministry Of Mines Letter No 656(1)-2013 MDA Dated 8.5.2013 Regarding Sundaram IAS Complaints 371 to 396

25-DAE LetterDated 13.5.2008 Regarding Delist Of Atomic Minerals 397 to 398

26-Central Vigilance Commissioner Letter Dated 11.11.2014 399 to 412

27-TWAD Board Report Regarding Ground Water Available In TN Govt Website 413 to 424

28-Tuticorin District Collector Order No.GM1-141-8-2012 Dated 30.04.2012 Imposing Penalty For 8 Vehicles And Judicial Magistrate Court Notice 3 Numbers 425 to 438

29-Tuticorin District Collector Letter Dated 16.6.09 to RDO Kovilpatti 439 to 440

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31-Photos Taken During The Inspections 441 to 504







Central and State Govt., Officials Joint Inspection Report inspected in Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Kanyakumari Districts from 24.04.2015 to 27.04.2015 about illegal mining and other alleged violations against the private mining lessees and reported that no violations by VV Mineral

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VV Mineral urges government to remove some HMS from India’s MMDR Act

VV Mineral urges government to remove some HMS from India’s MMDR Act

By Liz Gyekye

Published: Tuesday, 24 November 2015

India’s Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act (MMDR), 2015 came into force earlier this year. Heavy mineral sands, such as ilmenite and zircon, are included in this act under the atomic minerals list. Yet, India’s largest producer of these minerals is calling on the Indian government to remove them from the atomic minerals list to encourage foreign direct investment.

India ­based heavy mineral sands (HMS) giant and member of India’s beach minerals trade association VV Mineral Ltd has urged the country’s government to exclude some minerals from the atomic minerals list in the MMDR Act, in order to attract foreign direct investment and create new jobs.

VV Mineral managing director, S Vailundarajan, told IM, that HMS such as ilmenite, rutile, leucoxene and zircon, used in applications including ceramics and pigments, are not used in atomic energy production or research and India’s Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) delisted them from a list of prescribed substances in 2007.

However, Vailundarajan said the Indian government had not delisted the HMS from the MMDR Act, which was unveiled in March 2015.

The atomic mineral list in the MMDR Act is given in “Part­B of Schedule 1” of the MMDR Act. It contains zirconiumbearing mineral ores including zircon and titanium bearing minerals and ores, which include ilmenite, rutile and leucoxene.

Zirconium obtained from zircon and is primarily used in nuclear reactors due to its resistance to corrosion and low absorption cross­section for thermal neutrons, according to the Indian government’s national mineral policy. In contrast, monazite is the primary source of thorium for the third stage of India’s nuclear programme.

No foreign direct investment is allowed in relation to atomic minerals, Vailundarajan told IM, adding: “If these are delisted from atomic minerals, there is no need to get permission from government of India for foreign direct investment.”

“Moreover, foreign companies are allowed for non­atomic mineral mining. At present, no foreign company is permitted to invest atomic minerals, only Indian companies permitted under the policy on beach minerals notified by government of India during 1998 [are allowed],” he explained.

He said if HMS such as zircon and ilmenite were removed from the MMDR Act then states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Odisha — mineral sand states — could see forex earnings to the sum of around $1.8bn.

In a joint letter, signed by VV Mineral and other Indian HMS producers, sent to India’s Minister for Mines, Shastri Bhawan, the companies urged the government to “harvest the fullest fruit” in terms of the MMDR Act to encourage foreign direct investment.

Another issue raised was that of monazite, which contains 0.35% uranium and 6­10% thorium.

“We urged the government to allow HMS producers to process monazite, with essential control exercised by the DAE and the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. The industry can give the uranium and thorium to government and sell the rare earths, which generate employment and forex,” Vaikundarajan said.


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Writ petition Seeking CBI Enquiry against Mr.S.Vaikundarajan filed by illegal mining Don Dayadevadas was dismissed by the Honourable High Court on 01.10.2015

Illegal mining Don Dayadevadas, due to business motive, filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court of Judicature at Madurai Bench. Dayadevadas made allegation that Mr. Vaikundarajan obtained environmental clearance by giving bribe to the authorities and seek CBI enquiry against Mr.S.Vaikundarajan. 

Mr.S.Vaikundrajan in his counter bring to the notice to the Honourable High Court that Dayadevadas is a business rival and he tried to become the Vice President of CAPEXIL which was protested by VV Mineral.

VV Mineral, as well as Dayadevadas both paid the prescribed fees to the Govt., and obtained Environmental Clearance and no bribe is paid. The CBI also made it clear that no offence is made out, there is no merit in the complaint of Mr.Dayadevadas. Hence the Honourable High Court dismissed the writ petition No. W.P. 16924 of 2012 dated 1.10.2015. High Court order copy is given below.

W.P.16924 Judgement

Remove some minerals from atomic list in MMDR Act: Beach miners

Remove some minerals from atomic list in MMDR Act: Beach miners

By PTI | 22 Nov, 2015, 12.11PM IST

NEW DELH: Beach sand mineral (BSM) industry has sought the exclusion of some minerals from the atomic minerals list in the MMDR Act, saying the move will help create jobs and lead to big forex earnings. 

It said that excluding ilmenite, rutile, leucoxene and zircon, used in ceramics and hi-tech applications, from atomic minerals list of the Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) Act, 2015 will create about 5 lakh jobs and around USD 1.8 billion in foreign exchange earnings .

“They are not used in atomic energy production and the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) de-listed them from the list of prescribed substances with effect from January 1, 2007. But they have not been de-listed from the MMDR Act,” VV Minerals Managing Director S Vaikundarajan told PTI. 

“Hence, we met Mines Secretary Balvinder Kumar recently to request to him to remove ilmenite, rutile, leucoxene and zircon from the list of atomic minerals in the MMDR Act,” he added. 

“Such a step has the potential to direct and indirect employment for 5 lakh people and forex earnings to the tune of USD 1.8 billion in the four states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Gujarat,” Vaikundarajan. 

Another issue that the industry raised was that of Monazite, which contains 0.35 per cent of Uranium and 6-10 per cent of Thorium. 

“We urged the government to allow BSM producers to process Monazite, with essential control exercised by the DEA and the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. The industry can give the Uranium and Thorium to the government and sell the rare earths, which will generate employment and forex,” he said. 

Monazite, a mineral of Thorium and Rare Earth Element (REE) is the only commercial source of Rare Earths in the country at present. 

Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMDER), part of DAE carries out exploration, establishment and development of atomic minerals in the country, including Monazite. 

Indian Rare Earths, a PSU controlled by DAE, processes Monazite at its Rare Earths Division in Kerala. IREL has been processing Monazite to produce Rare Earths compounds, but in 2004 this was stopped due to lack of market, as materials became available at a much lower cost.

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Heavy minerals industry needs greater attention, says expert

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Posted at: Nov 10 2015 12:36AMBIZ TALK

Heavy minerals industry needs greater attention, says expert

V Subramanian Director, VV Mineral talks to Girja Shankar Kaura

 Heavy minerals industry needs greater attention, says expert
V Subramanian Director, VV Mineral talks to Girja Shankar Kaura

VV Mineral is the third largest company in the world with the capacity and technology to do beach minerals mining from extraction to value addition of TiO2. It is also the leading supplier of HMM and TiO2 to major foreign companies with advanced technical credentials. V Subramanian, director, VV Mineral, talks about heavy minerals market in India.


Q.  Give us a brief overview of the heavy minerals market in India? What is the quantum of deposits found in India and where?

A.  Heavy minerals are set of minerals containing garnet, ilmenite, zircon, rutile, silimanite, leucoxene and monazite. Garnet, though is the most eco-friendly abrasive, it is only used in overseas countries for awareness of this mineral is less in India. Worldwide, the market size is around 1.2 million tonne and almost 7,00,000 tonne is produced by India.

Ilmenite and rutile is used as a titanium feedstock. Though India has around 40% of world’s total reserve, production contribution is harldy 5% of the total world market. There are various bottlenecks, why these minerals are consumed within India, largely contributed by unfriendly investment climate prevailing in India.

Zircon and rutile are also consumed at 100,000 tonnes and 60,000 tonnes, respectively, where more than 60% is still imported in India.

Most of these minerals are largely found in coastline of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and a little in Orissa.

Q. Why is the heavy minerals sector still a nascent industry? What are the major policy bottlenecks that have led this industry to grow at a lethargic pace?

A. Though India is home to 40% of the world’s reserve (in certain heavy minerals), our production contribution is very minimal (maximum of 5% in ilmenite). There are various reasons. It starts with mining lease approval process, where 26 different Government departments (both Central and State) should concur before we could start mining. This process easily could take 7-8 years

Q. What is the value of export of heavy minerals and related value-added products (from sand beach mining) from India?

A. Beach sand industry generates forex to the tune of Rs 3,500-4,000 crore each year.

Q. What is your annual output of heavy minerals each year in India?

A. Garnet — 750,000 tonne per year, ilmenite — 1.1 million tonne (11 lakh tonne), zircon – 50,000 tonne per year, rutile – 35,000 tonne per year and silimanite – 60,000 tonne per year.

Q.What are the major applications of heavy minerals? How can future demand be met?

A. Garnet is widely used as the preferred eco-friendly abrasive for surface preparation, before corrosion resistance coating is applied. Ilmenite and rutile are used to extract titanium dioxide pigment. These minerals are also used in making welding electrodes.

Zircon is used in refractory industry as it has higher melting point and also largely used in ceramics industry as a pacifier. Silimanite is also used in alumina-based refractory industry.

Q. How do you see the current scenario on the export of titanium in India?

A. India is importing almost 1.5 lakh tonne of Tio2 pigment (titanium dioxide) for our production is less compared to actual consumption (200,000 tonne). In fact, this consumption could actually grow 5-10 times considering we are hardly consuming 400 gm per head of population and where in US it is 4 kg per head.

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Stoppage of mining operation by the State Govt., is illegal and without any power

The State Government issued two Government orders vide G.O.Ms. No.156 Industries Department dated 08.08.2013  and G.O.Ms.No. 173, Industries Department dated 17.09.2013 to stop the mining operation of all private beach mineral mining leases until the inspection is completed by Mr. Gagandeep Singh Bedi, IAS. VV Mineral and Transworld filed writ petition before the Honourable High Court to struck down the stoppage portion of the G.O.s and to change the inspection officer instead of Mr. Gagandeep Singh Bedi, since Mr. Bedi has personal enemity with VV Mineral, when he was working as Sub Collector of Cheranmahadevi.

After hearing Government side and peruse the records, the Honourable High Court struck down the portion of the G.O. which insist the stoppage of mining operation as no powers has been vested with the State Government to stop the beach mineral mining operations when the lease is valid.

The Honourable High Court further appointed one Retd. High Court Judge instead of Mr. Gagandeep Singh Bedi,IAS.

Copy of Judgement is given below.