39 quarries to go under hammer next month

The Punjab government is set to auction 39 quarries next month to ease out the supply of sand and crusher in the state following environmental clearance from the Centre.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:56:18 pm

The Punjab government is set to auction 39 quarries next month to ease out the supply of sand and crusher in the state following environmental clearance from the Centre.

Out of these 39 quarries,while 12 are related to sand,the remaining 27 deal with gravel and crusher in Pathankot,Gurdaspur,Ropar,Mohali and Patiala districts,Industry and Commerce Minister Anil Joshi said on Wednesday.

“With the auction of these quarries,people of Punjab will get sand and crusher on very nominal rates. While sand quarries has an area of 518 acres,crusher quarries has an area of 2300 acre,which will produce a huge quantity of these natural sources,mainly used for construction,” said Joshi. He added that the Union Environment and Forest Ministry has recommended that clearance be given to 55 quarries in Punjab. “Out of this,39 quarries has been approved by the Centre for digging. The remaining 16 quarries will be auctioned after the approval of forest department,” said Joshi.

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