42 stone crusher units allowed to operate in Birbhum

TNN, Aug 7, 2010, 05.42am IST

SURI: Forty-two of the 400 stone crushing units in Birbhum have been allowed to resume operations from August 25. These units came to a halt following agitation by tribals over the last couple of months.

The crushing units and stone quarries had to stop operations in April following clashes between tribals and quarry owners. The tribals complained against land grabbing, pollution and exploitation caused by the stone crushers and mines.

On Friday, a tripartite meet was held at the office of Saumitra Mohan, the Birbhum DM, where representatives of both the agitating tribals and owners were present. The DM said: "We have checked documents of the 42 crushers and have allowed them to resume operations from August 25. But they will have to stick to the guidelines. A monitoring committee has been formed to watch whether those conditions are followed properly."

The agitating tribals are happy with the outcome. "We are happy that those crushers will start working. But we will keep strong vigil so that they can not violate the conditions."

Amit Ghosh, treasurer of Stone Crusher and Mines Owners Association, said: "We have received clearance for 42 crushers only. At present, we will clear the old stock and do some maintenance work. We hope that some mines also will get permission to operate."

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