Quarry Holders Take Exception To Vijay Dhar’s Letter

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SRINAGAR — Quarry holders and people involved in cement trade have resented the objections raised by the patron of Delhi Public School, Vijay Dhar in his letter written to Governor NN Vohra asking him to shutdown the cement factories and quarrying in Srinagar city.

In a communiqué to the Gover­nor, Vijay Dhar has said that quar­rying is taking place behind his Delhi Public School while cement factories are operating in the heart of the city.

“This is the only place in the world where seven (7) cement facto­ries function in the heart of the city without any norms. This is also the only place in the world where stone quarrying takes place in the heart of the city. It goes stopped, then activat­ed. We have one working behind the Delhi Public School at Athwajan,” Dhar in his communiqué to Gover­nor has said.

Taking strong note of the letter forwarded by Dhar to Governor, the United Quarry Association and the Himalayan Quarry and Tippers Association have alleged that Mr Dhar for his personal benefits is trying to deprive thousands of la­bourers associated with quarrying from their livelihood.

They said that previous govern­ment had promised that they will be given an alternative place for quar­rying but till date the government didn’t repair the road leading to the Aripora, the new site which is only 0.5 kilomters from Athwajan.

“We have no problem with Ari­pora site but it has no proper roads from tippers. Besides, it is situated behind the BSF camp and we are afraid whether they will allow blast­ing there or not,” the quarry holders told news agency CNS.

They said government should keep her promise and should allow them to do their work without any hindrances.

The quarry holders said that they also need NOC’s from Forest and Fishery Departments and the same will not be provided to them, they won’t leave Athwajan.

Meanwhile, the owner of a ce­ment factory who wished not to be named said that Vijay Dhar has hid­den agenda. “Dhar wants to cripple the economy of Kashmir, besides, he wants to maximize his profits through his school.” (CNS)

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