The government, it is widely believed, swung into action only after Sagayam's letter, sent in May, was leaked to the public in August, though the present collector, Anshul Mishra, says he had already planned to survey all 400 quarries in the district.
"After the report was leaked we reorganised our efforts and decided to focus on the 175 granite quarries," says Mishra.
Of the quarries surveyed so far, violations have been found in 93, while 58 are illegal.
"He is a brave and courageous officer," Mishra says of his predecessor.
Image: A close up view of granite that has been mined.