All mining operations on river beds come to a halt
Sarkaria directs DCs and SSPs to strict compliance of the orders, Asks to remove all machines from river bed sites
5 Dariya News
Chandigarh , 03 Jul 2018
All mining operations on the river beds of Punjab have been stopped because of the monsoon.Giving this information Mining and Geology Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria said orders have been issued to all Deputy Commissioners and SSPs to ensure that no mining operations are carried out on the river beds in the state during monsoon season from July 1 to September 30, 2018.Ordering strict monitoring of the operation, he directed the officers to remove all machines from the river bed sites. “Any laxity on the part of the officers in the implementation of the prohibitory orders will not be tolerated", he added.Assuring the people to hassle-free supply of sand, the Minister said mining operations would continue on those sites which are out of the Rivers.He further said that an auction would be held for 47 gravel quarries soon. With the auction of these quarries the Crusher Industry will receive raw material very easily and supply of gravel will also increase.The Minister said on the directive of the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the Mines and Geology Department had been established separately in the state. Six Executive Engineer Rank Officers have been deployed as a District Mining Officers in the department and 28 Officers have been deployed as Assistant Mining Officers at sub-division level. Apart from them, Junior Engineers and other office staff will also be deployed soon in the districts.