The government said on Wednesday that it is ready to revoke the stay orderso as to facilitate the resumption of quarrying and stone-crushing activities in the state. It was stalled in the aftermath of incidents of blasts in Shivamogga and Chikkaballapur districts.
Inaugurating Safety Guidelines Awareness Campaign for Miners and Stone Crushers organised by the Federation of Karnataka Quarry and Stone Crushers Owners Association, Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani said that all the firmswith a valid licence can resume activities.
Nirani said, If any officer or anybody demands money in the ministers name, I will give you my e-mail ID and contact number. Please report that to me. I have a turnover of Rs 5,000 crore and Idont need moneycollected from you all.
The state governments controversial amendment to the Karnataka Regulation of Stone Crushers Act 2011 (KRSC Act) promulgated by an ordinance duringthe coronavirus-induced lockdown has reached the Karnataka High Court.
The petition is filed by R Anjaneya Reddy, a resident of Patrenahalli in Chikkaballapur taluk. The petition stated that there was no specific public emergency to amend the provisions in the Act during the national lockdown on March 31, 2020. The KRSC Act was introduced by the state government following the orders of the Karnataka High Court on a PIL in the year 1998. The petitioner claimed that the high court had laid down certain conditions and directed the state government to incorporate them in the Act. Whereas, most of the amendments carried out by the state government are against the orders of the high court, the petitioner claimed.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice H P Sandesh ordered the issuance of notice to Department of Law and Parliamentary Affairs and Department of Mines and Geology. The matter has been posted to August 24 for furtherhearing.
One of the major contentions in the PIL is with regard to the amendment to Section 5 of the Act. The amendment has allowed granting of license for the period of 20 years. The petition contended that the high court in 1998 had directed the state to issue licenses for one year and renew it every year by charging a license fee. The petitioner contended that the amendment will make the license an absolute property of the licensee.
Similarly, the omission of Sub Sections 3 to 7 of the Section 3 forbears the crusher owners from filing a declaration that the crusher is situated in a safer zone. It enables the crusher owner to carry out the business beyond the safer zone. The petitioner also stated that insertion of Section 4 A allows a license holder to transfer the license to any person. The petition submitted that once new licenses are issued under the amended provisions, there is likelihood of licensees taking undue advantage and that it could lead to litigation.
Researchers have found the evidence of a "lost" river that ran through the central Thar Desert, near Bikaner, as early as 172 thousand years ago, and may have been a life-line to human populations enabling them to inhabit the region.
In what may be considered as a big relief to the construction industry in and around Nagpur, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has vacated the stay on excavation of sand from Nagpur and Bhandara sand ghats on January 13, 2014.
Following the ban on their activities in 2010, Himalaya stone crushers first obtained a stay order against which Nigamanand went on a fast-unto-death . The sadhu died and now Himalaya stone crushers have appealed against the ban in the Supreme Court.