VV Minerals India, MD and founder, has led the company to become one of the best sand mining enterprise in India. Found in the late 1980s, the company has grown under the leadership. Today, VV Mineral has won several National Awards for its contribution to export business. It is known for extracting and exporting garnet and ilmenite to over 20 countries.
All these achievements are threatened by the rumours of the company being associated with illegal beach sand mining. The company officials recently confirmed the lack of technology to separate thorium from monazite, which was later backed by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).
However, these facts were blatantly ignored as former principal scientist at Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute in Kochi stated, “Indian Rare Earth Ltd (IREL), Manavalakurichi, uses the sand from the same area and produces thorium, so what happens to the monazite in the VV mines? Does the company follow the procedure recommended by the AERB?”
VV Mineral Mining was further accused of mining without proper regulatory clearance. However, the fact remains the company established a mineral separation plant and approached the AERB for a license which is still pending.
For twenty years, the company has operated within legal boundaries. The sudden surge of allegations by IREL officials makes no sense. “No authority is ready to take action based on our complaint. Hence we approached the High Court,” expresses VV Mineral Vaikundarajan.
The company has filed two writ petitions that are pending with the Madras High Court. All activities pertaining to sand mining have been temporarily suspended.