Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, on a visit to Birbhum stone quarries to get a first-hand account of the problems being faced by local tribals, said over the weekend that the quarries could restart their operations if they met certain regulations and conditions.
Most of the quarries are illegal and have been closed since February. An estimated 410 quarries and 1,400 crushers operate in the area and they are considered Birbhum's largest industry. Even as they provide livelihood to the locals, tribals have alleged that the quarries are being operated on their land which has been grabbed.
“Quarrying activities will have to follow some regulations,” he said at Suri, the district headquarters, after holding meetings with the local administration.