Small quarry owners to go on strike from Jul 25

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015,19:44 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | Small scale Karinkal (granite) Quarry Association has decided to call for an indefinite strike from July 25, protesting against the move of closing down of small scale quarries and crushers in the state  under the pretext of environmental permission.
Informing this at a news conference here, Association  General Secretary K Babu said the state committee meeting of the association had also decided to obstruct the functioning of major quarries to press their demand in this regard.
Alleging the present order that all quarry owners should obtain environmental clearance, which was issued by a private agency recognized by the Union Environmental Ministry was only to protect the interest of large scale quarry owners, he said the move would help only to pour over Rs 300 crore into the agency from over 2600 small scale quarry owners.
Charging the agency was collecting between Rs 10 and Rs 15 lakh from each quarry owner for issuing environment licenses,  he said the amount was not bearable for small quarry owners, which forced them to close down their livelihood.
Regarding the court direction in this regard, he said the government?s alleged failure in presenting the facts properly before the court lead to the verdict against the small quarry owners that they should obtain the license, if they wanted to mine.