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The e-auction of sand mining in the state will take place on June 27,28 and 29 this year.
The rising prices of sand and gravels in the state was a issue for some time now as people had been protesting against the rising prices. Also the way sand mining was done was under question. The mining policy of the state has been changed and notified. The mining has been regulated and it is now transparent, Industries and Local Bodies Minister Tikhsan Sud told reporters here today.
Sand mining has now been brought under Essential Commodities Act.
There are 421 sand mines in the state,of these 72 are in A category,133 in B category (these are sensitive areas of mining for that permission has to be taken from the Union environment ministry and also case is going in high court) only 246 mines in C category will be put to e-auction as the adhoc auctions held six months back are finishing on June 30. The total auction price is Rs 14.70 crore, he said.
Sud also said to keep a check on prices from rising,reverse bidding will be done and the government has fixed the prices.
For 100 cubic feet of sand,the rate fixed is Rs 300. Out of this,Rs 80 is paid as royalty to the government,another Rs 80 as royalty to the panchayat,person or government from whose land mining is done,Rs 40 to the contractor and Rs 100 as loading charges for the contractor. The contract will be for three years with a clause of 10 per cent increase every year, he said.
The royalty money has to be paid by the contractor to the in the deputy commissioner office. Also 180 points have been identified in the state from where sand will be sold and rates of every district vary from each other depending upon distance and transportation charges. Now after fixation of rates,a trolley of sand would be purchased at Rs 600 approximately,which was earlier costing around Rs 1,000.
With mining coming under Essential Commodities Act,entry tax has been put on sand which is brought to Punjab from other states like Himachal Pradesh or J&K, he said.
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