April 3, 2013 admin


 CHANDIGARH, APRIL, 2:The Punjab Government has issued notification for "The Punjab Minor Mineral Rules, 2013" to ease out the supply of minor minerals in the state.Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab government said that under these rules, the Environmental approval of mines having area below five hectares shall be accorded by a District Level Committee, headed by concerned Deputy Commissioner with General Manager-cum-Mining Officer as Member Secretary. He further said that this committee, while approving the Environment Management Plan of the quarries having area below five hectares, should also ensure that mining activities are undertaken as per the provisions made under rules.He said that the main aim behind the new rules was to make sure that people could get sand, gravel and bricks on very nominal rates. He said that new rules would prove to be beneficial both for common man as well as the government.

NO/PR/13/ 316

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