Punjab government approves Minor Mineral Rules

100 Quarries will be auctioned next month
Chandigarh/March 3
Punjab Government today approved “The Punjab Minor Mineral Rules, 2013” to ease out the supply of minor minerals in the state.
The Principal Secretary Industries & Commerce, Karan A Singh said that under these rules, the Environmental approval of mines having area below five hectares will be accorded by a District Level Committee, headed by concerned Deputy Commissioner with General Manager-cum-Mining Officer as Member Secretary. “This committee, while approving the Environment Management Plan of the quarries having area below five hectares, shall also ensure that mining activities are undertaken as per the provisions made under rules. The main aim behind the new rules was to make sure that people could get sand, gravel and bricks on very nominal rates,” Singh said.
He further stated that new rules would prove to be beneficial both for common man as well as the government and the mining activity in the 241 quarries, which was stopped in August last year, will also start soon after the approval by aforesaid District Level Committee and regular supply of sand and gravel will resume in the market. “100 more quarries having area below five hectare have been identified which shall be auctioned in the next month,” he added.