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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 through e-Auction.

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.