Punjab government on Sunday asked general public to self identify mines on their land to allow mining on the area in which these natural resources as sand, gravel and boulders are generally found.
“Under clause 6 of the Punjab Miner Mineral Rules, 2013, Punjab government has provided this facility to land owners that would prove to be a major boon for farmer community as well as the state and construction industry,” said an Industry department spokesperson, adding that the land, in which these natural resources generally found, had very limited crop production, resulted in a loss to the farmer and state.
The spokesperson said that under new rules applications has been invited from interested land owners till June 25 who owned the land packed with natural resources.
“Interested owners could apply under prescribed Performa to concerned SDM cum Sub Divisional Mining Officer or General Manager cum Mining Officer, Department of Industries and Commerce office with relevant documents. Further, the identify area should be outside the buffer zone declared by forest department as Mining was strictly banned in buffer zone,” added the spokesperson.
He added that department of Industry and Commerce will select the mining area on the basis of received applications as per the guidelines of the government. The owners of selected mines will have to obtain the environment management clearance certificate issued from district level committees and the contractor itself will arrange scales and e-slips at mining places, he added.