Stone shortage hits construction works in Kashmir

Non-local firm granted contract against rules: UQA


Srinagar, Apr 13: With shortage of stones hitting constructions works in Kashmir, the United Quarry Association (UQA) Athwajan today blamed the Directorate of Geology and Mining for the situation.
 The association alleged that the department in “violation of rules” has allotted the contract of almost all the quarry blocks to a non-local firm.
 Pertinently, the UQA is on strike for last 13 days and they state that they will continue with their protest till the government “probes into the matter.”
 They alleged that the bid was secured silently by the J&K Geology and Mining Department for the Mumbai-based firm without waiting for the bids from the locals.
 President, UQA, Bashir Ahmad told Greater Kashmir that they want impartial probe in the matter.
 “We won’t allow non-state subjects to plunder our mineral resources and what is more concerning is that the government officials are facilitating this heist.”
 He said the department did not provide sufficient time to local contractors to participate in the bid.
 He alleged that the Directorate of Geology and Mining has defied its own norms in the allotment of mineral blocks and stone quarry belts in J&K by giving outside firm six-month extraction term.
  “It was pre-planned move by the officials, they did not give ample time to locals to bid for the tender and awarded the contract to blue eyed person,” he said.  
 Bashir Ahmad, President, Tipper Union Association said that thousands of people are involved with this sector. “Not only quarry owners but drivers and labourers earn their livelihood from the sale of stones and other minerals extracted from the area.”
 Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Farooq Shah said: “We will call quarry association and listen to their grievances and if something is done wrong by the Geology and Mining Department we will take action.”

Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST

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