Minister reviews relocation status of Pantha Chowk, Athwajan stone quarries

Minister reviews relocation status of Pantha Chowk, Athwajan stone quarries
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SRINAGAR: To review the status of the relocation of stone quarries of Pantha Chowk and Athwajan, Minister for Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Mohammad Ashraf Mir on Thursday convened a meeting here.

The meeting was attended by District Development Commissioner (DDC) Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Director Geology and Mining, Farooq Ahmad Khan and other concerned officials from PWD, Revenue and other allied-departments.

According to an official handout, the minister was briefed about the relocation plan of the stone quarries of Athwajan and Pantha Chowk as per the government guidelines.

In South Srinagar, two sites have been identified by the Revenue Department at Shaliguf with 9.55 hectares and Zewan Bala with 16.40 hectares from the state land for the rehabilitation of the affected after a ban was imposed on stone quarrying works at Athwajan and Pantha Chowk by the state government, it read.

The minister directed the officials of Geology & Mining Department to ensure that the alternative identified sites allocated for mining conformed to the relevant rules and were suitable for mining.

He directed the officials to expedite the process of relocation of quarries from these areas to the identified areas so that the affected don’t face further inconvenience in this regard.

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