Quarry unit holders’ protest, demand revocation of ban on quarrying

Quarry unit holders’ protest, demand revocation of ban on quarrying
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ARIF RASHID

SRINAGAR: Stone Quarry workers on Friday held a protest demonstration in Srinagar against the government ban order regarding quarrying activities in Athwajan and Pantha Chowk and demanded its revocation.
Scores of quarry holders assembled in press enclave Srinagar under the banner of “United Quarry Association Athwajan” and “Himalayan Quarry and Tipper Association” Pantha Chowk.
The protesters holding the placards and banners demanded revocation of the ban on stone quarrying activities.
Nazir Ahmad, one of the protestors said that they have been facing hardships after the government imposed ban on stone quarrying activities. “The ban should be revoked at the earliest for the welfare of the quarry holders,” he said.
He said: “We are nearly two thousand people who are affiliated with this work, whether it is a Stone Quarry holder or Tipper driver.”
“The government does not care for our livelihood. We did not have any money. We cannor pay the schooling fee of children,” said one of the protesting stone quarry holder from Pantha Chowk.
The protesters appealed the Governor to look into the issue and revoke ban order.