In the offing: Better revenue expected from quarrying on Gola river
Quarrying on Gola river has earned Rs 173 crore revenue this year till now, as compared to Rs 170 crore last year. With the a month remaining in the quarrying activities, the revenue is expected to be close to Rs 200 crore. This would be a shot in the arm for the state government, that is said to be cash strapped and is looking for ways to fill the coffers.
The river bed materials has a high demand in the state and is also taken to some parts of Uttar Pradesh by the operators.
MPS Bisht, regional manager, quarrying, said that the one of the biggest quarrying operations of the state is conducted in the Gola river in Haldwani that spans across Amritpur and continues till Lalkuan.
The state government has set the target of achieving Rs 700 crore revenue from quarrying in Uttarakhand in 2018.
Deputy director quarrying, Rajpal Legha said that several measures have been taken since 2014 which have led to a steady rise in the revenue. The Radio Frequency Identification(RFID) chips were introduced so that vehicles engaged in quarrying would not stray out of path and conduct more rounds in picking up materials from the river bed.
“Apart from this, CCTVs have been installed at the various gates of the Gola river which has helped in tackling the issue of illegal quarrying to a major extent,” said Legha.
The department has allowed quarrying across an area spanning 54 lakh square metre and the set target is nearing completion.