Taking strong note of the allegedly illegal gypsum mining in various parts of north Kashmir's Uri area, the deputy commissioner Baramulla has ordered immediate halt of mining activities in the area.
The move came after deputy commissioner Baramulla office received information that scores of gypsum quarries operating in the area had failed to get no objection certificate (NOC) from the pollution control board and had not been following the prescribed norms.
"We have directed all the lease holders to halt their activity till verification process is completed, we will not allow any illegal mining in the area and if quarry owners fail to produce necessary documents, the gypsum quarries will be closed," said Yasha Mudgal, deputy commissioner Baramulla.
The DC had recently called a meeting of pollution control board, geology and mining and department of forest and has reportedly sought explanation from the geology and mining department that why action was not taken against the owners of 'illegal' gypsum quarries.
As per statistics of geology and mining department, out of the total 19 gypsum quarries in the state, 13 are in Boniyar area of Uri.