Updated 11 Apr 2022, 6:14 pm
The All Manipur Quarry Association (AMQA) has threatened to conduct strong agitation if the state government fails to allow locals to continue quarry works by April 15 as some of the national private companies are continuing the quarry works.
AMQA president Moirangthem Mangoljao told media at the campus of state Commerce and Industry Department on Monday that local quarry workers are banned from getting quarry from rivers under the direction of High Court of Manipur.
However, some national private companies including GR Infra; Abantika; Railway projects; Keystone and others are still continuing quarry works from the quarry sites of Sekmai and others.
The authority concerned should allow the local quarry workers to get quarry from the site like other national private companies and the government should also unconditionally release the machinery of local quarries seized by the state government, he added.
Mangoljao said that if the government failed to fulfil their demands by April 15, they would launch intensified agitation.
Apunba Nupi Sinnmi Lup president Oinam Yumchangbi said the local quarries are banned from getting quarries from quarry sites whereas in front of them the national private companies are allowed to take quarries. When she enquired, they were told by the said national companies that they are allowed by the chief minister in order to bring developmental works for the state.
She said with the quarry work, the local quarry workers are running their families and should allow the local quarries to get quarry from the site.
The Apunba Nupi Sinnmi Lup will be supporting any steps taken by AMQA if the government and authority concerns fail to meet the demand within the deadline, said Yumchangbi.
First published:11 Apr 2022, 4:48 pm
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