In an effort to overcome the scarcity of construction material in the state, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday asked the Punjab Mandi Board, public works department (PWD, buildings and roads) and the irrigation department to make optimum utilisation of 93.15 lakh MT of GSB (gravel sand boulder) lying unused at various government construction sites for public works.
Badal was told during the meeting that 88 lakh MT of GSB was stacked at the construction site of Ranjit Sagar Dam (RSD), 4 lakh MT at Handwal village in Hoshiarpur district and 1.15 lakh MT at Balachaur in Nawanshahr district.
He directed the Mandi Board and PWD (B&R) to utilise the available supply of GSB for the construction and upgradation of link roads in the entire state.
The CM also directed the industries and commerce department to work out modalities for making construction material readily available to the public at affordable rates. Badal also asked the Mandi Board, PWD and the industries department to study the procurement, scope and futuristic use of the current available construction material.
The industries department had been given the mandate to formalise the technical and economic viability of mining material from the entire state so that shooting prices of construction material get regulated and supply is made to all strata at reasonable rates.