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Illegal mining taking place near Sutlej, Ravi rivers: Pb min

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Cabinet Tript Rajinder Singh today said that it has come to the notice of the that was still being carried out on the banks of and Ravi rivers.

He said the land, where the unlawful activity is taking place, would be auctioned for mining and it is expected that it would generate a of Rs 100 crore.

"land is located near Sutlej, Ravi and Beas rivers. near and Ravi rivers is taking place which has come into our notice now," the rural development and panchayats told reporters.

He said that his department had identified about 3,000 acres of such land near and Ravi rivers where illegal mining was taking place.

"We, in consultation with the mining department, will get this land auctioned for mining which is expected to generate Rs 100 crore for the department," the said.

He informed the mediapersons that elections in the state are due in July this year.

"Delimitation is taking place in villages according to and High court directions. First, Zila Parishads and Block Samitis elections will be held and thereafter, elections will take place," said.

However, he said, there was no proposal for implementing the criteria of minimum education qualification for candidates contesting panchayat polls, as done by the

said his ministry was trying to improve the functioning of the panchayats and also raise resources of panchayats, zila parishads and block samitis to make them self sufficient.

The MLA from Fathegarh Chruian said his department would emphasise on getting about 20,000 acres of his department's encroached land across the state free of unauthorised occupation.

He said as of now only 1,000 acres has been freeed from illegal occupation.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 17:40 IST