Work of stone crushing comes to a standstill near Samruddhi Mahamarg

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Feb 2019 10:24:08


Staff Reporter,

Over 4,000 people doing work of stone crushing at Sawangi (Devla) and Mondha villages of Hingna Tahsil became jobless as Tahsildar Pratap Waghmare served the notice with some querries to the companies which operate stone crushers in the areas. Tahsildar acted on the complaint lodged by a member of Nagpur Zilla Parishad belongs to Nationalist Congress Party.

The work site is just a kilometer away from Samruddhi Mahamarg, an ambitious project of Maharashtra Government. Stalling of quarrying is likely to affect the Samruddhi Road construction too as it is supposed to get crushed stones from these places which are functioning since last over 10 years.

The area near the villages Sawangi and Mondha has 10 to 12 mines where from quarrying of stones is done. These stones are crushed by the machines then and there. These crushed stones are used for road construction or other related works. Over 4,000 people are employed on this work and it is the only earning source for them. Start of construction work of Samruddhi Mahamarg, provided a ray of hope for the workers. But sudden stoppage of their work brought disappointment to them.

In her complaint made to Tahsildar, Ujwala Bodhare, ZP member alleged that smoke emitted during the excavation create pollution leading to damaging the crops. Tahsildar sent a notice to the companies running the mines in the area asking them to reply certain querries. He also warned them that failing to answer the querries one-sided action would be taken.

Tahsildar has served the notice to Rishiraj Infra, Sanjay Pande, Shiwalik, Madhu Industries, PBA Infra, Anil Hiranwar and Mr Kulkarni. In the notice he asked them to submit the license for blasting that is being done in stone crusher. Waghmare also asked the companies to submit details of tree plantation while seeking permission to start crushing work. There are several other querries asked by Tahsildar to companies and asked them to furnish the details else face the music.

Another ZP Member Baba Ashtankar pointed out that villagers had come together to shot down the work. “They have even threatened the workers to burn the crushers and beat them. These crushers have been functioning since long and nobody complained about it. People are making unnecessarily hype. Nowadays blasting don’t take place. There is no farm near these stone crushers.

The places are allotted by District Collector so there can not be illegality. Secondly, Tahsildar should inform Police if situation is so dangerous.” While talking to ‘The Hitavada’ Tahsildar Pratap Waghmare made it clear that he had to take certain action but he would not take measures where
workers would suffer. “I shall try to find out workable solution that would be acceptable to all,” said Waghmare. Efforts were made to contact Sameer Meghe, MLA of Hingna but he was not available.