Illegal mining taking place even on govt land: Minister
Chandigarh: Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, said today that illegal mining was taking place even on government land.
In a press conference called to share achievements of his ministry, he said the mining mafia had not even spared land belonging to the Rural Development and Panchayats Department in Punjab. He said illegal sand mining was taking place on around 3,000 acres located on the banks of two rivers Sutlej and Ravi. He said due to illegal mining, the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats, which was the owner of the land on which illegal mining was taking places, was losing around Rs 100 crore every year.
He said taking note of the situation, he had written to the Chief Minister to allow the department to permit the Mining Department to include these 3,000 acres in their mining auctions. “This initiative will help increase the income of the department and will put an end to the illegal mining on the panchayat lands,” he said.