Locals demand lifting ban from quarrying
PAMPORE: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, DDC member Er Ajaz Hussain on Sunday visited Zewan Bala area of Srinagar district where he held interactions with stone quarry holders and various delegations of the area.
Er Ajaz Hussain assured the stone quarry owners that they would soon start working in their quarries.
The representatives from the stone quarry association thanked and appreciated Er Aijaz Hussain for advocating with the government for throwing various stone quarries in Zewan and other areas open for mining.
However, they informed him that a stone quarry in Zewan Bala is still at standstill due to a ban order from the government.
They informed him that the ban on quarrying of minerals from the particular quarry since 2015 is causing great trouble to a number of poor labourers whose sole source of earning livelihood has been snatched.
Stone quarry holder Manzoor Ahmad, a resident of Zewan told Kashmir Reader that ban on quarrying has affected studies of their children and they were unable to sponsor their schooling.
” We invited BJP leader Er Aijaz Hussain and sought his intervention in getting this issue solved, he has earlier voiced concerns of quarry workers and helped us in getting the ban lifted from many quarry sites in the area,” he said.
“I visited Zewan Bala and had interactions with my people,” Er Aijaz Hussain told Kashmir Reader, adding that the residents have many demands, the big demand is that they want to lift the ban on quarrying of minerals from quarries at Zewan Bala and Payeen.
He said that quarrying from these sites has been banned due non completion of documentation.
” I raised this issue with LG Monoj Sinha Sahab and Commissioner Secretary mining and they assured me permission for quarrying loose material would be soon granted to the quarry labourers,” Aijaz said.
He also told Kashmir Reader that they will be helping the people in documentation also so that they will not face any issue in future.
He said that he is a local resident from the area and it is his duty to voice their concerns without doing any politics.