Intensifying his government’s crackdown on illegal mining, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday ordered a total ban on mining from 7.30 pm to 5 am.
Captain Amarinder Singh also directed the police and Enforcement Directorate (Mining) to take strict action against those found engaged in mining operations at night.
The Chief Minister, who chaired a high-level meeting on Friday to review the illegal mining situation in Punjab, asked the Mining Department to strictly ensure that no mining is undertaken by an authorized contractor in river beds or other areas after 7.30 pm and before 5.00 am.
He warning of stringent action against violators and said that if anyone, including officers and police personnel, found conniving in illegal sand mining operations should also be dealt with strictly.
Even as he directed the DGP and the newly constituted Enforcement Directorate Mining to crackdown strictly on any night mining activity.
However, he ordered that there should be no hindrance to the smooth movement of sand and gravel during the night in view of the high level of construction activity going on in the state.
Availability of the material at an affordable price should also be ensured, he told the department, directing Principal Secretary Mining to coordinate with authorized contractors to bring down the prices of sand and gravel.
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