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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Illegal quarry sealed

The wiring for the explosive at the quarry.

The wiring for the explosive at the quarry.

AN ILLEGAL quarry about 2km from the Selayang magistrates court was raided recently after the operators were believed to have used explosives there two weeks ago.

The blasts on the 30ha plot of land rocked the nearby Bandar Baru Selayang neigbourhood, the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) headquarters, the Gombak district office, the Public Works Department and the court house.

The Gombak Land Office has sealed the area and will present its findings to the state government for further action.

Gombak district officer Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said there were 11 quarry operators in the district and they were required to get permission from the police before carrying out any blasting.

“When the blasting was carried out, the operators did not have approval from the police. They also did not have a licence from the Selangor Mineral and Geoscience Department to use explosives.

“This is why we have sealed the area,” he said.

Nor Hisham said the quarry had stopped operations in 2011.

Gombak district officer Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan lookng at the hole where the explosive were planted at the quarry site.
Nor Hisham looking at a hole where the explosives were planted.

“It seems that the quarry has been active. The operator had buried explosives in 10 holes at the site to blast 35,000 tonnes of rock worth about RM650,000.

“During the raid, there was no one at the site and we were unable to make any arrests,” said Nor Hisham, who led the raid that also comprised officers from the Selangor Mineral and Geoscience Department, the Environment Department, MPS and the police.

He said the quarry was located on state land and he estimated that the operator raked in a profit of RM1mil a month.

“We are still investigating the identity of the quarry operator. Previously, the operator only transported reserve quarry stones. After knowing there were huge profits to be made, the operator decided to blow up the huge boulders here as well,” Nor Hisham said.

He added that the land had been given to a developer and the developer should be responsible for the activities there.

Tags / Keywords: Environment , Government , Central Region , Blastings from a nearby quarry rocks Gombak land office


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