Stone quarry owners stage protest
Baramulla, Nov 12: Tipper and stone quarry owners association held a protest here in north Kashmir on Monday against the Police and Forest department for “forcing them to close” their quarries and seizure of three tippers.
The protesting quarry owners blocked the Baramulla-Uri highway at Khanpora for several hours and termed the directives of closure of quarries totally unwarranted.
"Around 41 quarries are running in this area since 1962 and the new directives to stop the mining process will bring hundreds of families on road" said Abdul Rashid, a quarry owner.
According to quarry owners, the Forest department is unnecessarily harassing them.
They said their quarries were running in the ownership land (malkiyati land) and all the owners are paying royalty towards the Government. "Such tactics are totally unacceptable. We are in the business from the past 59 years. The Forest authorities did not object during all these years and now they are creating hurdles,” said Abdul Majid another quarry owner.
When contacted, DFO Baramulla, Manzoor Ahmad Monga said that they were implementing High Court orders.
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