Punjab approves new Sand & Gravel Policy to curb illegal mining, soon to start sand portal

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By Accommodation Times Bureau

To bring further transparency in the sand mining business, the Punjab Cabinet on October 17 approved several major policy changes to enable the government to grant contracts by auction of mining blocks in strategically established clusters through progressive bidding instead of the earlier process of auction by individual mines.

The move would help substantially increase the royalty receipt of the State Exchequer, provide adequate supply at a fair price to the consumer, and curb illegal mining.

The decision came during the Cabinet meeting held today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

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