Locals in Barut,Nakuru West sub county have a reason to smile after area MP Samuel Arama intervened for the re-opening of Barut sand harvesting quarry.
The quarry that was closed for some time after a section of residents raised environmental concerns will now be operational.
According to National Environmental Management Authority-NEMA,for any quarry to operate it must meet all the requirements.
The requirements include; operation license, perimeter fence and a record of all workers.
According to MP Arama,there has been several discussions on the reopening of the Quarry for sand harvesting and the minimum requirements for the process.
Arama was speaking at Barut on Monday.
He said the move to re-open the quarry was informed by the fact that over 500 families that depended on the quarry were suffering due to the closure.
“The harvesting of sand is the economic powerhouse for the locals in this area and that is why we have pushed to have the quarry re-open” said Arama.
He added that the Locals had made their plea to the relevant authority and was given a node.
He reiterated the need for the quarry to meet minimum requirements as per the law.
The MP was accompanied by area MCA Bett, Deputy County Commissioner Michael Lesimam, NEMA Team led by Benard Obara Environmental and Fred Nabiswa Deputy County Director among other local leaders.