Srinagar: A local court at Uri has permitted Neelam Valley Gypsum, Srinagar (Quarry holder) to operationalize mining of Gypsum from the village of Salamabad Dachna, tehsil Uri till next date of hearing after locals had objected the operation of the agency in the area, the quarry holder told Kashmir Reader.
The interim direction passed by the Sub-Judge, Uri passing the judgement said, that from the material placed on record, “prima facie case and balance of convenience exists in favour of the applicants.”
The court has observed in case prior notice is not dispensed at this stage, “the applicants will suffer irreparable injury which shall not be compensated by way of any costs.”
“That keeping in view the prior notice as envisaged under order 39 Rule CrPC is dispensed at this stage. In the meantime, till next date of hearing defendants to the suit are temporarily restrained from causing any sort of interference in the excavation of Gypsum and transportation of the same from the operational area to its destination. However, this order is subject to objection of the other side and the other side is at liberty to apply for the vacation of the order before next date of hearing.”
The court was hearing a civil suit wherein it was stated by the propertiers of Neelam Valley Gypsum that they are registered contractors and quarry holders in the department of Geology and Mining of J&K.
It was submitted that the said quarry holder agency was allotted a mining lease of Gypsum by the Director of Geology and Mining, Srinagar dated 1 October,2008 for an area of 4.76 hectares of land at village Salamabad, Uri district Baramulla for a period of 20 years. The allotment was sanctioned and No Objection Certificates were obtained from different departments and accordingly on 3 December, 2008 the applicants were permitted to operate on the allotted land. The work went smoothly till 2013, however during 2013 some local inhabitants started interfering and interrupting the mining process. Due to interruption and physical assaults on employees, the work had to be suspended for some time which led to file a civil suit before the court.