Punjab govt directs DCs to check illegal mining, stabilize prices of construction material

Chandigarh/June 3
Punjab government on Monday directed the Deputy Commissioners (DCS) state to take immediate effective measures to check illegal mining and stabilize the prices of sand and gravel in the state.
Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today directed the DCS to initiate a crusade against unlawful mining in the state and stabilize the prices of sand and gravel in Punjab after a meeting with Chief Secretary, Financial Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and the IGs here.
“A campaign should be launched to visit the authorized Kandas in order to check any pilferage in the process of sand mining and determine the actual prices including the transportation cost fixed by the government and the prices charged,” Sukhbir said, adding that strict action should be taken against anybody found involved in illegal mining.
Sukhbir said that modalities were being worked out to declare the whole river area as the new mining areas in Punjab.
“Besides this, all the DCs especially of Ludhiana, Nawan Sehar, Ropar, Ferozepur, Kapurthala, Moga, Jallandhar and Amritsar to identify 10 new mining sites each within a week and report to the Director Industries so that the process of setting up of new mining sites could be completed at the earliest,” Sukhbir Badal said.
He added that the DCs has been asked to give a detailed report about the loading of trucks, prices, transportation etc in their respective jurisdiction to the headquarters.
“Mandis would be created in all the district headquarters and an authorized officer from Mandi Board would be deputed to ensure that legal mines are functional in Punjab. Further, the Site Appraisal Committees under the Chairmanship of SDMs will be constituted and District level Environment Management Cells will be strengthened to ensure smooth functioning of the mines,” he added.