The Madras high court recently upheld an order passed by the Pudukottai district collector that cancelled the licence of a granite quarry. Quarry work was threatening a 1,300-year-old monument. Justice P. Shanmugam drew attention to Article 49 of the Constitution that directs governments to protect ancient monuments. The main ground for the cancellation was that the quarrying affected the ancient Kudumiyanmali hill temple.
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