Members of the Stone Crushers Association have alleged that in the economic crisis prevailing in the country the district administration and state government are not providing any support to them. The president of the association Nishant Kumar said that there are 55 stone crushers and screening plants in Laksar Tehsil. For years the work of highway expansion is underway.
The mining mafia of Haryana and Saharanpur are working in Haridwar whereas the stone crushers of Haridwar are sitting idle, even the state government is incurring loss of revenue.
Now that the Kumbh Mela is to be held during 2021 in Haridwar, the State Government must reframe its policies for mining. The association members said that they have closed their crushers till the time they get positive response from Government.
The association members also stressed that a single stone crusher gave employment to so many unemployed but now even labourers are suffering. "At least 50 people get employment from a single stone crusher which means 50 families are now affected.
Even transporters are affected due to ban on mining. At Har Ki Paidi every year during Ganga closure, we see that silt is removed through JCB machine and it cannot be lifted manually, so Government must allow mining in Ganga river bed and not just listen to the one or two activists who file petition in National Green Tribunal against mining,” opined Kumar.