49 held for protesting against govt ban on Chure sand, stone mining

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 29, 2014-

Transportation along the busy Koteshowr-Baneshowr and Koteshowr-Gaushala sections was brought to a grinding halt from 9 am to 1 pm on Friday due to a protest by the Tipper operators at Tinkune area in the Capital.

Demanding easy supply and access to construction materials, including stones, pebbles, boulders, sand and aggregates, the agitating Tipper Entrepreneurs Association under the Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs parked the tippers in the middle of the road, halting the traffic for hours.

Police detained as many as 49 demonstrators.

 People heading to their daily work were mainly affected due to the protest. Private cars and bikes started entering the inner roads to skirt the obstruction, causing a traffic haywire.

According to Senior Superintendent of Police Uttam Kumar Karki, the vehicular movement at Baneshwor, Tinkune, Koteshowr and Gaushala sections were greatly affected until noon. Police used a crane to remove the tippers blocking the roads to resume the traffic. “It took almost an hour to remove the obstruction,” SSP Karki said. Around 100 tippers were parked at Tinkune  area to protest against government’s decision to ban extraction and supply of the stones, pebbles and boulders and other natural resources from rivers and Chure region until mid-September. The Friday’s demonstration was a part of the series of protests being organised by Crusher and Tipper entrepreneurs against the government’s effort to regulate and bring the crusher industries under legal framework to control illegal operation of the crusher industries that has been affecting the local environment. The representatives of crusher industries have been on a war path against the government’s decision to disallow the operation of crusher industries not following the working standards set for operation near forest area, Chure region, human settlements and river basins, among others.

The cabinet meeting held in July last year had directed the crusher entrepreneurs to relocate the illegally operated industries by mid August this year.

The Crusher and Tipper entrepreneurs have been claiming that due to the ban on extraction and supply of natural resources, there has been shortage of construction materials leading to black-marketing. Authorities, however,  say, the entrepreneurs are creating ‘artificial’ shortage of the construction materials to increase the prices.

Published: 30-08-2014 09:18

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