Chandigarh – The Punjab government is planning to make sand mining free of any cost in the state. Sources said that two members of the Sub-Committee on mining issue, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa are in favour of making sand mining free. Chief Principal Secretary Suresh Kumar, Finance Secretary and Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar are also said to have liked the idea. However, they are in favour of charging Rs 20 from per bag of cement to compensate the loss, which will generate more revenue than the loss from sand mining.Sources said that approximately 425 lakh metric tonne sand is used in the state annually for all types of construction works, while the consumption of Cement is 85 lakh metric tonne annually, which have value of Rs 5,400 crore. During the previous regime, Rs 40 crore had been earned through the leasing of sand mining, while the Congress government is claiming to collect Rs 150 crore. However, in view of raging controversy over the allotment of sand mining sites, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had to form three-member Cabinet Subcommittee, which has been asked to submit the report in a month on illegal mining.
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