But the stone crushers working within 3 km of rivers would continue to operate till the expiry of the term of their licenses.
Under pressure from the Supreme Court (SC) and agencies like National Green Tribunal (NGT), the state government has imposed a ban on grant of licences to the stone crushers situated within three kilometres of a river. The state government spokesperson, Madan Kaushik said that the cabinet approved amendment in the stone crusher, screening and hot mix plan policy on Wednesday. After the amendment, the stone crushers can now be set up at a distance of 3 km from rivers.
At present this limit is 500 mts. Kaushik said that the licenses for the crushers would now be given for a period of ten years. Similarly the license fee in the plain areas has been increased from Rs 10 lakh to 20 Lakhs and from 5 lakh to Rs 10 Lakhs in the mountainous areas. The minister accepted that the amendment was done after a series of orders from courts and the NGT. He clarified that the stone crushers working within 3 km of rivers would continue to operate till the expiry of the term of their licenses. Kaushik said that the amendment also mandates that the licensee of stone crushers should have the ownership right over the land they are set up.
Similarly all these units should have to compulsorily install temper proof electricity meters and have double entry accounting system. The cabinet also approved setting up of mobile stone crushers to meet the requirement of building materials in the ongoing rail and road projects. The district magistrates (DM) concerned have been given power to issue licenses for these mobile units for a period of one year.
Thursday, 14 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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