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Pb to rope in IITs for assessing availability of sand

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

will rope in IIT Kanpur, Roorkee, and to assess demand of sand and its availability in rivers as per guidelines, as part of the state government's efforts to plug revenue leakage by curbing in the state.

During a cabinet sub-committee meeting on chaired by for framing of a new policy in the state to boost revenue from the sector, it was proposed that sand would be made available to consumers at a fixed rate.

A third party customer feedback audit of availability, quality, quantity and rates of sand will also be conducted, the said.

"District survey reports will be prepared by IIT Kanpur, Roorkee, and Kharagpur, and the department for assessing availability of river sand as per MoEF guidelines," he told reporters.

Asserting that mining activity would be conducted in a transparent manner, Sidhu said these institutes would also be entrusted with the task of assessing the demand of sand in the state.

Among the measures for curbing activities, the cabinet sub-committee proposed that trucks carrying sand would be have a specific colour for identification.

"and ID system will be also installed in trucks carrying sand from rivers to the stockyards," Sindu said, adding such steps would help in curbing "transportation mafia".

There would be facility for of sand by individuals, panchyats, local bodies and government departments. In the meeting it was also proposed that digging beyond three metres in a quarry would not be allowed.

"Demand and supply will also be monitored," the said.

is in the process of coming out with a new mining policy to boost revenue from this sector. The cabinet sub-committee will submit the final draft of the new policy on April 21.

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First Published: Tue, April 10 2018. 19:35 IST