For the first time in a recent history of the state, Captain Amarinder Singh’s government took a big step to deal with the lack of sand and gravel in the state and to increase the cost of rising prices, 102 mines of e- Decided to release the gravel.
In this regard, an official spokesman said that this decision would give a huge boost to the mining business besides increasing the government excise many times. The spokesperson also said that this is likely to provide additional revenue of about 300 to 350 crores to the state. Due to illegal mining in the state, the government is only getting Rs 45 crore from mining trade.
The spokesman further said that the notification for e-auction of allotment of mines has been issued on Thursday. The auction will be online so that the trust and confidence in the auction system can be restored. This decision is part of the policy of providing sand and gravel to the Congress government at the appropriate rates. Its aim is to provide maximum access to people through mining trade control.
According to the spokesperson, 102 mines are located in 14 districts of the state, which have an annual capacity of 20 million tonnes and will be auctioned at a price of Rs 170 crores.
The spokesman said that for these mines e-auctioning will be done by Punjab Infotech on May 19 and 20 for registered bidders. This e-auction by Infotech has its own technical partner, ITI Will be conducted by the digital platform provided by the limited company.
For registration of bidders, Punjab Infotech and ITI A training program will be organized on May 8 and 9. ITI LIMITED is a public sector organization of the Government of India. Bidders will have to register themselves online and deposit the required amount through e-payment, which will be returned to the failed bidders. Its aim is to ensure transparency in the process.
A dedicated helpline number will also be started to facilitate the bidders.The additional sand released through these 102 mines will be different from 87 ongoing dams, with a total capacity of 10 million tonnes. In addition to helping in the gap between the demand and supply gap in the state, it will also prevent the increase in the prices of the sand. In addition, it would be ensured to prevent illegal mining which had gone up during the previous regime’s rule.
According to the spokesperson, the Directorate of Mining and Industry and Commerce department are also working to take stringent measures to prevent illegal mining. They have also planned to put in place the tangible technical initiatives to bring greater transparency in its business. The steps are being taken to implement these modern slips and tracking system and strict compliance with the rules so that the illegal mining can be ensured and increase the number of legal mines.
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