KATHMANDU, June 1: Nepal Forum of Environment Journalists (NEFEJ) has disapproved of the government announcement to pursue the aggregates mining industry so as to reduce the trade deficit.
The government in the budget speech for the upcoming fiscal year (2021-22) on May 29 announced that trade deficit would be reduced by exporting rock, gravel, sand and other aggregates. The NEFEJ reached to a conclusion that quarrying in the name of bridging the gap of trade deficit was good for the nation neither economic nor social point of view.
The national forum of environment journalists has protested the government programme citing that it was brought without any (scientific) study and assessment of its impact on the environment.
In a press statement today, NEFEJ argued though the budget did not mention about Chure or Shiwalik Hill, the studies were enough to show that the Chure region would bear the brunt of this kind of programme.
Chure belongs to the youngest mountain system and
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