Illegal quarrying continues, NGOs seek investigation

Tura, Nov 20: Three NGOs of East Garo Hills including the FKJGP, GSU and AAYF have objected to the illegal quarrying of stones from the river bed of the Simsang after a company was flouting rules to ensure quarrying of stones.

In a complaint filed by the above named NGOs, Marak Pavers and Stone Industries were extracting stones rampantly. The proprietor of the same company is allegedly one Georgeman Marak.

“This so called industry has been extracting stones illegally from other areas in Samanda (EGH) while breaking NGT regulations,” said the NGOs.

Allegedly the quarrying of stones happens in catchment areas as well as in restricted areas.

“They are being quarried on the Simsang river bed as well as in watershed areas. They have continually been releasing chemicals and other affluents,” said the NGOs.

“Stones are being indiscriminately and unjustly quarried on the Simsang River. This will affect the ecological balance as well as affect the dwindling reserves on a permanent basis. If it is not stopped now it will have an effect on the perennial streams in Garo Hills,” alleged the NGOs.

The NGO alleged that the current situation will permanently affect the natural state of the region and affect livelihoods of the people.

“We immediately seek an inquiry into the situation for the people of the region,” added the NGOs.

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