Print Edition - 2014-06-05 | MONEY
Morang to shut down all crusher plants in district
Jun 4, 2014-
The District Administration Office (DAO), Morang has been preparing to shut down all kinds of crusher factories in the district. The DAO decided to ban stone crushing factories after the water level in the rivers where they have been operating began dropping alarmingly.
Chief District Officer Ganesh Raj Karki said running crushers would be restricted. Karki said that they took the step after observing that the river surface had fallen during a site visit on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, a team comprising CDO Karki and political representatives visited the crusher plants in the region. Similarly, the team also inspected the Mawa Khola and Nunsari Khola rivers situated in the north-eastern part of the district.
“Based on the water level in these rivers, we have planned to form a standard in order to give licence to crusher factories,” he said. “The surface of almost all the rivers where crushers are running has dropped.”
The government has now imposed a ban on the use of heavy equipment in the rivers. The team also inspected the products at the crusher plants. Karki said the crusher operators had demanded that they be permitted to use heavy equipment in the rivers as they had run out of stock. “However, we found sufficient stocks of stones with them.”
The government’s recent report has also stated that crusher plants have sufficient stocks of construction materials. He warned crusher operators of government action if they increased prices of materials showing artificial shortages. Shivam Crusher, Krishna Crusher, Purbanchal Crusher Udyog, Pashupati Crusher and Tirupati Crusher are among the stone crushing plants operating in the region. Karki said these plants had sufficient sand and gravel with them. However, the crusher operators have been demanding a permit to extract more stones from the rivers saying that they contained plenty of them.
Meanwhile, the operators have been found to be illegally extracting materials from rivers flowing alongside forests. “The operators have been running their plants even in restricted areas,” said District Forest Officer Shree Prasad Baral. He added that they would now conduct inspections on a regular basis to control such activities.
Meanwhile, the police here held a loader with number plate Ko 1 Ka 859 that was found extracting construction materials from the Gachhiya River. Deputy Superintendent of Police Prabhu Dhakal said the tipper was found taking sand from the river.
Published: 05-06-2014 09:16