A stone quarry in Athwajan, on the outskirts of Srinagar
A stone quarry in Athwajan, on the outskirts of Srinagar | Photo: Reuters / Fayaz Kabli

SRINAGAR — Quarry holders in Kashmir will start their operations from tomorrow after the government issued a disposal permit in their favour.

There was a blanket ban on the operations of quarrying in Kashmir Valley while quarry holders in different parts of Valley especially from Pantha Chowk Athwajan were demanding lifting of the ban and were registering their protests frequently.

“Yes, Government has issued a disposal permit in our favour and from tomorrow, we will start our operations,” President Himalayan Quarry Association, Muhammad Maqbool said.

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He, however, said that quarry holders are only allowed to collect, load and ferry loose material that is still lying near quarrying sites.

“Both Himalayan and United Quarry Associations are thankful to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Principal Secretary Geology and Mining Manoj Kumar Devidi,” he said, adding that BJP DDC member from Balhama Aijaz Hussain played a key role in getting these quarry operations re-started at Pantha Chowk.

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