Valley’s Hot Mix Plant owners facing heat due to absence of material

Hot Mix Plant owners addressing press conference in Srinagar. —Excelsior/Shakeel
Hot Mix Plant owners addressing press conference in Srinagar. —Excelsior/Shakeel

Govt failed in easing up matters for us: Owners

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Apr 7: The Hot Mix Plant owners today said that since the new order regarding the construction material came into force, coupled with the Government’s indifference towards the sectors, they are facing a total absence of the material across Kashmir along with other challenges.
President, Hot Mix Plant Association Kashmir Bashir Ahmad Khan while talking to the media persons said that the Government is not playing the role of being a facilitator, rather several hurdles have been created lately which have made the execution of works difficult for them.
He said that as the new law on sand extraction, stone quarry and mining contract came into force, the cost of the materials which includes sand, bajri and stone has gone way up and that the material is not even available
“While the contracts are being handed over to the outsiders, we fail to procure the material for the works that we have to execute; the locals are also suffering due to the absence of the material across Kashmir,” Khan said.
He said that bajri that was sold at Rs 4000 per truck when it was all being carried out by the locals “has now reached to Rs 15000 per truck,” he said.
The owners of the Hot Mix Plants expressed their anguish and said that while the Government is ideally there for easing up matters, “our Government is making it difficult; we have not seen any relaxation, any relief from the Government so far in these years,” they said.
He said that the shortage due to the new order that came into the force is also giving them a tough time, and also attributed the delay in the repairs of the roads in Kashmir to the shortage that they are facing on the ground.
He alleged that while the Government is talking of development in J&K, particularly Kashmir Valley, the ground situation is different and it appears that the Government has got no road map to execute what it intends to.
The owners also raised the issue of delay in their payments by the Government. “We are also facing issues about the release of payments. We receive the payment of work carried in 2015 in 2021; the LG has been doing his bit in making the things transparent, but the things are different,” they said.