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TURA, Jan 8 � Stone quarrying activities in West Garo Hills got a respite after the district administration allowed quarrying of stones to meet infrastructural and developmental needs of the region.

The quarries had been banned following a visit by Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma in the aftermath of the floods, as the destruction caused due to uncontrolled mining had left him fuming. The administration has now allowed stone quarrying for three months, albeit with certain conditions that need to be adhered to.

The decision was taken after a meeting held in Tura between the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), the forest team, the PWD (Roads) and the administration, which allowed temporary lifting of the ban to allow developmental and infrastructural works to proceed. The mine owners have been given three months time to ensure that they have all their papers in order.

Quarries are required to have all NOCs from the relevant departments before they are allowed to carry on mining activities.

�We gave in to the complaints of developmental works getting stalled, but have asked quarry owners to ensure compliance within the stipulated time. We have asked for strict compliance to environmental guidelines,� said West Garo Hills DC, Pravin Bakshi.

The DC said the quarries which have caused maximum environmental damage in places like Pipulbari and were close to the road will remain permanently closed. �We have specified that the stone crushers can only be allowed at 100 metres from the road and stone quarries need to be at least 500 metres from the road. The ones that were beside the road have been permanently shut down,� said the DC.

�Works on roads like the Dalu-Tura and the Tura-Mahendraganj road have been affected due to the ban and they can now take the work forward,� he added.

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Interim order allows stone quarrying

TURA, Jan 8 � Stone quarrying activities in West Garo Hills got a respite after the district administration allowed quarrying of stones to meet infrastructural and developmental needs of the region.

The quarries had been banned following a visit by Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma in the aftermath of the floods, as the destruction caused due to uncontrolled mining had left him fuming. The administration has now allowed stone quarrying for three months, albeit with certain conditions that need to be adhered to.

The decision was taken after a meeting held in Tura between the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), the forest team, the PWD (Roads) and the administration, which allowed temporary lifting of the ban to allow developmental and infrastructural works to proceed. The mine owners have been given three months time to ensure that they have all their papers in order.

Quarries are required to have all NOCs from the relevant departments before they are allowed to carry on mining activities.

�We gave in to the complaints of developmental works getting stalled, but have asked quarry owners to ensure compliance within the stipulated time. We have asked for strict compliance to environmental guidelines,� said West Garo Hills DC, Pravin Bakshi.

The DC said the quarries which have caused maximum environmental damage in places like Pipulbari and were close to the road will remain permanently closed. �We have specified that the stone crushers can only be allowed at 100 metres from the road and stone quarries need to be at least 500 metres from the road. The ones that were beside the road have been permanently shut down,� said the DC.

�Works on roads like the Dalu-Tura and the Tura-Mahendraganj road have been affected due to the ban and they can now take the work forward,� he added.