Cement, tiles manufacturing units on verge of closure: BBIA

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 14: Bari Brahmana Industries Association (BBIA) has claimed that cement and cement tiles manufacturing units were facing closure in the region.
A meeting of the BBIA was held today under the chairmanship of Lalit Mahajan in presence of other office bearers Tarun Singla, Ajay Langer, Viraaj Malhotra, Rajesh Jain, Vivek Singhal and other members to discuss the issue in respect of ban imposed on the extraction of lime stone, sand and gravel by Geology & Mining Department due to which the Industrial units engaged in the manufacturing of cement tiles and other related products facing acute problem.
It is pertinent to mention here that the lime stone, sand and bajri is the basic raw materials for the units engaged in the manufacturing of cement, cement tiles and other related products facing closer due to blanket ban imposed by the Geology & Mining Department on the extraction of this minor mineral, due to the delay in the issuance of Environmental clearance by State/Central Govt agencies to the local sons of the soil who are earning their livelihood by extracting lime stone & stone crushing units and we fear that thousands of workers engaged in the cement manufacturing units may face retrenchment in near future. With this all sort of civil construction work of State/Central Govt may suffer very badly in near future.
BBIA has appealed to the Lt Governor Girish Chandra Murmu to intervene into the matter and issue necessary directions to Geology & Mining Department to provide at least six month period to the owners of lime stone mines and stone crusher units for obtaining necessary permission from the concerned authorities which will provide great relief to industrial units & general public also