New innovations in offing for quarrying operators
It is still a debatable question as to how much these innovations would lead to changes, as all innovations in the past have faced stiff resistance from quarrying operators.Updated: Feb 04, 2018 21:26 IST
Dehradun: In a bid to curb malpractices in quarrying, the state government has come up with a clutch of innovations which are likely to be implemented soon.
The state government said that it would be introducing GPS tracking of vehicles engaged in quarrying. Apart from this, close circuit cameras would also be installed in the quarrying sections of Dabka and Kosi river in Nainital district.
But it is still a debatable question as to how much these innovations would lead to changes, as all innovations in the past have faced stiff resistance from quarrying operators.
The government had in 2015 introduced Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for vehicles engaged in quarrying. These chips had to be installed near the windshield and tracked by a device. This way, their movement could be known to the government. Apart from this, the quarrying gates would only be opened for vehicles that installed the chip. This system was opposed by quarrying operators in the Gola river of Haldwani. There are around 8 000 big vehicles engaged in quarrying in Haldwani and Lalkuan.
Raju Bisht, secretary of Gola quarrying committee, an organisation of the quarrying operators, said that all the moves will lead to harassment of drivers and those engaged in quarrying.
“This will lead to wastage of time and other logistical problems. The RFID chips were not practical and the GPS subsystem would be difficult to maintain on the ground level,” said Bisht. He said that the present system of quarrying was best as the drivers were not tech savvy.
Rajkumar Legha, deputy director of mining said that innovations would help in removing malpractices. “There have been many complaints against the quarrying operators of making more trips on the same manual challan, overloading, etc, which can be tackled. The government is committed to introduce new innovations like the GPS tracking and camera surveillance so that there is no loss of revenue, he said.