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Quarry Owners’ Association urged government to lift the ban on quarrying immediately

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Mangaluru: The Dakshina Kannada and Udupi District Quarry Owners’ Association has urged the government to lift the ban on quarrying immediately and allow them to resume normal operations.

Addressing media here on Friday, March 19, association president Manoj Shetty said, “Following the recent unfortunate incidents in Shivamogga and Chikkaballapur, where a few people died in explosions, Karnataka’s quarry industry is in serious trouble. The state government has ordered all licensed quarry operators to halt all quarrying operations immediately and has imposed impractical terms and conditions for restarting them.

He said, “In the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, there are currently about 190 licensed quarries operating, providing direct employment to about 6,000 individuals and indirect employment to thousands more. Following the blasts in Shivamogga and Chikkaballapur, licensed quarry owners have been harassed and subjected to harsh treatment by various government departments and the police, all while ignoring the root cause of the problem, which is rampant illegal quarrying across the state.”

“The DGMS conditions are suitable for large quarries, and the strict conditions require that each quarry be assigned a mining engineer; we have 190 licensed quarries in twin districts, but only 10 mining engineers. The current blanket ban is completely unjustified, and it should be lifted immediately,” he said.

“The state government should clarify the law by making the necessary changes to the laws to explicitly exempt small quarry owners with less than five acres from obtaining permission from the DGMS.,” he added.

Vice president Ravindra Shetty, secretary Mohan Amin, and treasurer Saju Neeliyara were present.

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