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Subsidised sand and gravel : Punjab begins mining operations at 9 quarries

punjab/Sand-Mining-PunChandigarh, January 28, 2015 (Yes Punjab News)

With a view to provide sand and gravel at reasonable rates to common people, the Punjab has started mining operations at 9 quarries in full swing besides starting dump in Roopnagar district near Rallon village. People can load sand at a cost of Rs. 700 per cubic feet from Monday to Saturday between 8 am to 6 pm from this dump.


Disclosing this here today an official spokesman said Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal had issued directions in this regard in a review meeting to take stock of mining operations and to provide sand and gravel on affordable rates throughout the state. He said consumers could take receipt from concerned market committee of their respective areas for loading the sand and gravel. He said consumers could also register their plaints in getting receipts, if any, directly to the officers designated at the dump at 98880-24825. Besides this, people could also contact District Mandi Officer at 01881-220669 and Secretary Market Committee Roopnagar at 01881-222237.


The spokesman informed that besides Roopnagar dump,  9 more quarries have become fully operational including Adraman (Moga), Bassia (Moga), Sanghera (Moga), Pawat (Ludhiana), Gujjarwal Bet (Ludhiana), Koom Kalan (Ludhiana), Burj Tehal Dass (SBS Nagar), Digana Khurd (Hoshiarpur) and Jhungian Mahan Singh (Jalandhar). He said consumers desirous of getting subsidised sand can get the receipt of Rs. 800 for loading per 100 cusec sand. He said a helpline number for further information has also been started 1800-137-2244.


Giving details of mining operations, the spokesman said Union Environment and Forest Ministry has approved 11 quarries while approval of 29 more quarries was in pipeline. He said with the approval of these quarries, Punjab would have 40 quarries, which would be fully operational in the coming month. He said that it would not only eliminate the paucity of construction material but too provide material on affordable rates.


It is also pertinent to mention here that to plug illegal mining in all districts 4 police officers have been deployed in each district while a SP and 3 DSPs have already been deputed at Chandigarh to keep a check on such illegal exercises.

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