Govt seeks local bodies’ advice

  • crusher industry regulation
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Govt seeks local bodies’ advice

Jan 27, 2015-

The government has asked local bodies to submit reports with recommendations to revise the standards prepared by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment to regulate crusher industries.

The move comes at a time when stakeholders, including crusher entrepreneurs and the Ministries of Industry and Finance, have expressed reservation over the mandatory standards that try to control haphazard operation of crusher industries that extract, sell and export stones, boulders, sand and aggregates.

The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development on Monday directed District Development Committees across the country to coordinate with the district-level monitoring panel formed to look into the issue of crusher industries and prepare scientific criteria, including amendments, if necessary, to the existing standards, and submit it to the ministry within a month.

Last July, the government formulated new standards which require the crusher industries to be placed 500 meters away from highways and rivers, 100 meters from high-tension electricity grid and 2 kilometres from schools, colleges, health institutions, security installations, forests, national parks, human settlement and religious and archaeological sites.

The standards were expected to come in force by mid-July, but due to pressure from stakeholders, including the crusher entrepreneurs, the government extended the deadline to allow crusher industries to operate within the country, but banned export to India, until mid-January.

The crusher entrepreneurs’ have shown serious concerns over the standards stating that they are unscientific and unrealistic. According to Umesh Sherchan, president of the Federation of Nepalese Crusher Industry Entrepreneurs, the

mandatory standards are not feasible given the diverse

geophysical conditions of each district.

“It is not practical to enforce same standards for each district, and we need to revise them based on geo-physical condition of the concerned district,” he said.

Meanwhile, the government has once again decided to extend the deadline to implement the new standards until mid-June this year.

Published: 28-01-2015 10:49

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