Bengaluru: Karnataka Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh R Nirani announced that Mines and Geology department has allowed the resumption of operations of stone mining and crusher unit which were stalled earlier. He added that the department has issued a circular in this regard.
The minister said that in order to resume the units, the owners of quarries and stone crushers will have to submit an undertaking letter mentioning that they will abide by the rules and regulations which are in place along with submitting a NOC (No-Objection Certificate) from the Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) to use explosives within the span of 90 days.
“Owners of stone quarries and crusher units will have to obtain permits from the DGMS. They must also submit undertaking letters over safe usage of explosives in the mining areas,” said the minister while addressing media personnel here at Vikasa Soudha on Monday.
As per the Minister, ever since the stone quarries have been closed, there has been a loss in revenue to the tune of Rs 300 crore. The minister says that allowing the resumption of stone mining will bring many job opportunities.
He also said that the prices of raw materials also skyrocketed after the stone quarries and crusher units were closed. This has made it difficult for the public to purchase these materials.
This comes after owners and associations involved in this business met Nirani recently and exhorted him to allow the resumption of stone mining and other activities. Nirani also said how it is impossible to operate stone quarries and crusher units without using explosives. He said that Mines and Geology department is making the process smooth and easier by changing the existing guidelines.
Assuring the quarry owners his full support, Nirani said that mining activities ought to continue as owners have invested a lot of money and have even taken loans for the same. They are finding it difficult to repay the loans due to the closure of industry in the past few months, he added further.