Govt extends deadline for crusher industries by one year

- PRAGATI SHAHI, Kathmandu

Jul 14, 2015-

Backtracking on its own decision to close down the crusher industries that fail to comply with the standards, the government has extended the deadline for the implementation of the provision by a year. This is the third time government has renewed the deadline for crusher industries.

 Presenting the budget programme for the fiscal year 2015-2016 on Tuesday, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said crusher industries would run from their existing locations for one year, without following the provisions that was introduced as a measure to control rampant extraction of stones, boulders, sand and aggregates.

Many criticised the government’s decision to renew the deadline for the third time. “The government has appeared helpless because it has failed to enforce its own decision,” said Rameshwor Khanal, chairman of the Rastrapati Chure Conservation Programme.

There are around 700 crusher industries operating across the country.

After growing concerns over unregulated and rampant mining of natural resources, the government had formulated a new criteria that required crusher machines to be at least 500 metres away from highways, 500 metres away from riverside,  100 metres from high-tension electricity grid, and 2 km away from schools, hospitals, security installations, forests, national parks, human settlement and religious and archaeological sites.

Crusher industries across the country had protested the regulations which they claimed were “unrealistic”. As a result of their protest, the government was forced to extend the deadline.

Published: 15-07-2015 08:11

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