147 quarries given mining license in Kerala post 2018 floods: Minister

An aerial view of a stone quarry in Malapuram district. File   | Photo Credit: Shaju John

The CPI (M)-led LDF government has given mining license to 147 quarries after the August floods that ravaged the State last year, Kerala Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan said on Tuesday.

However, no quarry had been given operational approval in flood-hit and ecologically sensitive areas, he informed the State Assembly.

Legal steps had been initiated against eight illegal quarries, functioning in the 20 km radius of Kavalappara, a hilly hamlet in Malappuram district which had suffered massive losses during the floods this year, he said.

Steps had also been taken to close down illegal quarries in the State after its operations were brought to the notice of the government.

“After the 2018 floods, mining license has been given to 147 quarries across the State. All necessary rules and regulations were met before the licenses were issued. No quarry has been given license in flood-affected areas,” Mr. Jayarajan said.

Environmental clearance has been made stringent for the procurance of mining license in such areas, he added.

V.T. Balram (Congress) wanted the government to make environmental impact study mandatory before granting mining licenses in the State.

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