Madhya Pradesh cabinet approves sand mining policy-2015
BHOPAL: The Madhya
Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday approved sand mining policy-2015 to make available
sand to people on rational rates in the state.
The mining policy
envisages that Madhya Pradesh State Mining Corporation will undertake sand
mining in all the tehsils of 18 districts where it is undertaking mining in 53 tehsils
at present. In remaining 33 districts, collectors will auction sand mines
Similarly, the corporation
will give contracts through e-Auction from mining patta sanctioned to it for
sand mining. Now, bidders for this process will have to deposit only 10 percent
instead of 25 percent of government auction as security deposit.
Security deposit will
be deposited through e-Payment. E-Auction and rationalisation of security
deposit amount will simplify process and bring about transparency. Maximum
number of people will join sand trade and new employment opportunities will be
created due to this process.
The sand mining policy
provides for fixing upset rates of sand under e-Auction/e-Tender process on the
basis of quantity of sand available for mining.
The new sand mining
policy has abolished provision which envisaged that no other sand mine will be
sanctioned within 10 km radius of mines sanctioned to Madhya Pradesh State
Mining Corporation. Provision to charge royalty equal to that charged by the
corporation has also been abolished as a result of which consumers will get
sand at reduced price. Besides, provision has also been made for disposal of
sand mined from dam/reservoir.
Rural people will be
able to obtain sand free of cost for their own use from sand mines.
The policy provisions
for declaring maximum areas as sand mines while making environmental clearance
mandatory for environmental balance so that maximum quantity of sand can be
mined. This will make more sand available at affordable rates in open market
and the government will also get more revenue.