Punjab government on Friday issued amended notification for environmental approval of mines having area below five hectares to make the process of getting environmental approval for mines easier.
Punjab’s Industry and Commerce minister Anil Joshi said that the state government has issued this amended notification under “The Punjab Minor Mineral Rules, 2013 to ease out the supply of minor minerals in the state.
“Under these rules, the Environmental management plan could be prepared by any engineer who posses civil, environment, mining degree or post graduate,” Joshi said, adding that the environment management plan will be accorded directly by a district level committee, headed by concerned Deputy Commissioner.
Joshi further said that environment, forest, drainage and other officers from related departments would be inducted in the district level committee as members and the main aim behind the amended rules is to make sure that people could get sand, gravel and bricks on very nominal rates.
Meanwhile, the state government also constituted Special Investigation Team (SIT) to curb illegal besides setting up three help lines so as to enable the citizen to report the case of illegal mining immediately.
“Three dedicated help lines have been set up, which would be functional 24×7 and general public can notify illegal mining complaints on telephone numbers 0164-2240180 and FAX number 0164-2219501, two other help lines are telephone number 97794-64099 and FAX number 01881-228874 (SSP, Roper) and telephone number 0172-2701226 (Director, Mining),” Joshi added.