Chandigarh: With change of guard in the state, illegal sand mining has come to a standstill at most places. The sand quarry sites that used to witness hectic activity 24×7 just couple of weeks ago in Ferozepur and Fazilka districts has seen limited activity after Captain Amarinder Singh took the oath of Chief Minister on March 16.
The CMs first and clear-cut message against ‘corrupt practices’ that were going in the state from the last decade and causing loss to the state exchequer have been appreciated by the public. Summoning of all DCs and SSPs at Chandigarh on Monday by Captain Amarinder Singh and issuing of stern directions have put his own partymen in a quandary.
Many Congress leaders were hoping to gain control over sand quarries after the formation of government but it seems that their desires to mint money have become difficult, at least for now. The two border districts became the hub of illegal mining during SAD-BJP government.
The villagers who seemed helpless in front of influential politicians and their goons have done what was required of them long back. In last three days, certain Congress leaders in Guruharsahai assembly segment went ahead for sand mining in quarries located near Amir Khas and Middha villages. The villagers pushed back the leaders and forced them to return empty-handed. The locals not just reminded the leaders of Captain Amarinder’s drive against corruption but also warned of registration of police cases and to highlight the matter directly with the CM.
In Fazilka district Sukhera Bodla, Dharmuwala and Gailewala villages saw illegal mining at an all-time high.
However, the locals have risen to the occasion and level of mining in above listed quarries has almost minimised but some people rue that machinery have changed the hands from Shiromani Akali Dal to Congress.
The daily demand of sand in Punjab is estimated at over 58,000 tonne approximately and sky-rocketing sand prices during previous regime had turned into a major political issue along with drug and liquor mafia.
In Fazilka district Sukhera Bodla, Dharmuwala and Gailewala villages saw illegal mining at an all-time high Villagers in Ferozepur and Fazilka districts remind incumbent leaders of their obligations against corrupt practices
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