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Punjab CM orders ban on mining at night

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, April 24

To test unlawful mining within the state, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has ordered a whole ban on mining from 7.30 pm to five am, directing the police and Enforcement Directorate (Mining) to take strict motion towards these discovered participating in mining operations at evening.

The Chief Minister, who chaired a high-level assembly on Friday to evaluation the unlawful mining state of affairs within the state, requested the Mining Division to strictly guarantee no mining was undertaken by any authorised contractor in riverbeds or different areas after 7.30 pm and earlier than 5 am.

Warning of stringent motion towards violators, the Chief Minister stated anybody, together with officers and police personnel, discovered conniving in unlawful sand mining operations must also be handled strictly.

Directing the DGP and the newly constituted Enforcement Directorate (Mining) to crack down strictly on any night-mining exercise, the CM, nevertheless, ordered there ought to be no hindrance to the sleek motion of sand and gravel throughout evening in view of excessive stage of development exercise within the state.

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

In the course of the assembly, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Minister, Water Sources, apprised the Chief Minister of a constructive impression of the creation of Enforcement Directorate (Mining) in curbing unlawful sand mining actions.

He advised the Chief Minister sand mining operations within the state can be performed easily, and easy transportation of sand can be ensured.

DGP Dinkar Gupta stated all Commissioners of Police and SSPs had been directed to take motion towards these concerned in unlawful sand mining.

He stated further manpower can be deployed to test evening sand mining operations, according to the Chief Minister’s directives.

No curbs on sand motion

  • Sand/gravel motion to proceed unhindered throughout evening
  • Mining curbs will stay in pressure throughout state from 7.30 pm to five am
  • Police, ED (Mining) requested to take strict motion towards violators

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