Karnataka allows 2,500 quarries and crushers to resume operations | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Shut in late February after two explosions in Shivamogga and Chikkaballapur districts claimed 12 lives, about 2,500 stone quarries and crushing units in the state are set to resume operations with the government ready to give them conditional permission.
The state mines and geology department has issued a circular allowing resumption of operations in stone quarries and crushers with the condition that they should secure a no-objection certificate from the directorate general of mines safety (DGMS) within 90 days on use of explosives.
“Besides obtaining the certificate, quarry owners must submit an undertaking over safe usage of explosives,” mines and geology minister Murugesh Nirani said here on Monday.
Closure of quarries caused Rs 300-cr loss: Min
Minister Murugesh Nirani said “barely 10%” of the state’s 2,500 units have approval from DGMS. “This is because quarry owners are finding it difficult to purchase, store and use explosives due to tough conditions imposed by the directorate. The department has decided to ease the process by changing guidelines, he said.
Approval from the DGMS is mandatory for quarries which sit on more than five acres of land and use more than 2kg of explosives. The minister, who took stock of stone mining activities in the state since they suspended operations in February, said closure resulted in a Rs 300-crore loss to the exchequer and affected livelihood of thousands of people depending on them.
Quarry owners and associations had recently met Nirani. He said it’s impossible to operate quarries without using explosives. “Mining ought to continue as owners, who have invested money by availing loans, are now facing hardship to repay them,” he added.

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