147 quarries given mining licence in Kerala post 2018 floods: Minister E P Jayarajan

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Thiruvananthapuram: The CPM-led LDF government has given mining licence for 147 quarries after the August floods that ravaged the state last year, Kerala Industries Minister E P Jayarajan said on Tuesday.
However, no quarry had been given operational approval in the flood-hit and ecologically sensitive areas, he informed the state Assembly.
Legal steps had been initiated against 8 illegal quarries, functioning in a 20 km radius of Kavalappara, a hilly hamlet in Malappuram district which had suffered massive havoc and human casualty during the floods this year, he said.
Steps had also been taken to close down all the illegal quarries in the state after its operations were brought to the notice of the government.
"After the 2018 floods, mining licence has been given to 147 quarries across the state. All necessary rules and regulations were met before the licences were issued. No quarry has been given licence in the flood-affected areas," Jayarajan said.
Environmental clearance has been made stringent for getting mining licence in such places, he added.
V T Balram of Congress wanted the government to make environmental impact study mandatory before granting mining licence in the state.

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