Murugesh Nirani Assures Hassle-Free Doing Business To Quarry Owners’

Murugesh Nirani Assures Hassle-Free Doing Business To Quarry Owners’
   

Murugesh Nirani Assures Hassle-Free Doing Business To Quarry Owners’
 
• Nirani promises to turn his department people-friendly
 
• Minister promises to fulfil demands of quarry & stone crushers owners
 
Bengaluru, February 18: Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani on Thursday announced the government’s plan was come to doorstep of the investors than they running pillar to post in the government departments.
 
A delegation of Federation of Karnataka Quarry and Stone Crushers Owners’ associations met Murugesh Nirani in Vikasa Soudha and submitted a memorandum requesting the minister to fulfill various demands.
 
Responding positively to the delegation, Mr Nirani promised to provide necessary assistance to the business leaders. “Our government will extend all the necessary assistance to the industrialists who are planning to make investments in Karnataka. We are committed to create investor-friendly atmosphere and make Karnataka an easier place to do business”, Nirani said.
 
“We are committed to fulfill the demands of sand, stone quarry owners and will make honest efforts to address the problems faced by them”, Nirani assured.
 
Allaying the apprehensions of the association of quarry and stone crushers owners, Mr Nirani promised to take steps to include their demands in the budget. He said the Mines and Geology department has already taken several key reformative measures.
 
The quarry and stone crushers owners’ associations highlighted the issues concerning their sector and requested the minister to fulfil their various demands. They sought to formulate separate study under Karnataka Minor Minerals Concession Rules (KMMCR) for non-specified mineral such as construction stone, gravel and demanded minister to instruct Deputy Commissioners to create separate cluster magazine for quarries on 15 acres of area and above.  
 
The delegation demanded resolution of cases for Rs 5 lakh under MMDR Act and cancellation of hectic fines collected on the basis of drone survey report which they termed unscientific and arbitrary. They also wanted government to make it mandatory to get royalty (MDP/MDR) licence for stone mining contractors.
 
The delegation wanted the government to get rid of 44(3) and 44(4) of KMMCR act and reduction of DMF charge construction stone by 10 per cent. They also demanded government to grant 30-year lease for non-specified mineral like construction stone, the 30-year lease presently granted for specified minerals.
 
The owners demanded reduction of royalty payable for stone mining on patta land and doing away with AAPP. They sought permission to carry out stone mining for those having crusher and M-sand units as per 31ZC rule. 
 
The honorary president of federation of Karnataka quarry and stone crushers owners’ associations, Mr Dattatri, president Sanjeev Hattiholi, vice presidents D Siddaraju and N Manjunath and general secretary Purushothama were present in the meeting.