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Amarinder orders ban on mining in Punjab from 7.30 pm to 5 am

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, April 24

Intensifying his authorities’s crackdown on unlawful mining within the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered a complete ban on mining from 7.30 pm to five am, and in addition directed the police and Enforcement Directorate (Mining) to take strict motion towards these discovered engaged in mining operations at night time.

The Chief Minister, who chaired a high-level assembly on Friday to evaluate the unlawful mining state of affairs within the state, requested the Mining Division to strictly make sure that no mining is undertaken by any authorised contractor in river beds or different areas after 7.30 pm and earlier than 5 am. Warning of stringent motion towards violators, the Chief Minister mentioned anybody, together with officers and police personnel, discovered conniving in unlawful sand mining operations also needs to be handled strictly.

Whereas directing the DGP and the newly constituted Enforcement Directorate Mining to crack down strictly on any night time mining exercise, the Chief Minister, nevertheless, ordered that there ought to be no hindrance to the graceful motion of sand and gravel throughout the night time in view of the excessive stage of development exercise occurring within the state.

Availability of the fabric at reasonably priced worth also needs to be ensured, he advised the division, directing Principal Secretary Mining, to coordinate with authorised contractors to deliver down the costs of sand and gravel.

Throughout the assembly, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Minister, Water Sources, knowledgeable the Chief Minister that the creation of Enforcement Directorate for Mining had made a optimistic impression on the bottom in curbing unlawful sand mining actions. He assured the Chief Minister that sand mining operations within the state could be performed easily and clean transportation of sand could be ensured.

DGP Dinkar Gupta mentioned all Commissioners of Police and SSPs had been directed to take motion towards the unscrupulous components concerned in unlawful sand mining. He mentioned that extra manpower would now be deployed to verify any night time sand mining operations, in keeping with the Chief Minister’s directives.

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