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New Haryana rules on stone crusher units may blunt the war on air pollution

Easing of proximity norms will not only impact air and water quality but could also turn vast tracts of farm land barred, say experts

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A total of 210 stone crushers units were found violating criteria across Haryana, while 45 units were found to be non-complying with respect to air pollution measures | Representative/ File Image

Nitin Kumar New Delhi
Haryana's new draft rules for polluting stone crusher units on its soil are likely to see more than 200 of them restarting operations after having been shut down under a previous law.

The norms relate to the proximity of stone crushers to forests, national highways, educational institutions, district roads, water bodies and villages. Under the new draft, the state government has reduced the minimum distance a stone crusher must maintain from a national or state highway to 0.5 km from 1 km earlier. The distance from a municipal corporation has been shortened to 2 km from 3 km.

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First Published: Dec 28 2022 | 7:21 PM IST

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