Monday, March 22, 2010

Most quarries in State illegal: panel

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Most granite quarries in operation in the State are illegal or do not have the required clearances from all the authorities concerned, the Assembly Committee on Petitions has found.

The committee, which submitted its report on the functioning of the granite quarries to the House on Monday, said not even Revenue officials, who were primarily responsible for monitoring the quarries, were aware of the actual number of quarries in operation.

Licences issued by five departments were mandatory for the quarries, but the large majority of them had either none of these licences or only a few.

�The quarries are operating with the support of revenue and local self-government officials and the local level politicians, committee chairman V. Surendran Pillai and members told a news conference after submission of the report.

In its report, the committee recommended a ban on all illegal quarries and steps to ensure that those which had the basic licences also obtained all the other clearances

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