A division bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of the petition seeking a check on illegal mining in Punjab, after the state counsel sought time to notify and place on record the policy framed by the government in this regard.
Considering the request, the division bench adjourned the hearing to December 4.
Earlier, a copy of the policy formed by the government was given to the petitioner’s counsel, advocate RS Bains.
As per the policy, the government will now be the buyer and seller of sand and gravel in Punjab. The 37 quarries which got the clearance will be handed over to the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC), from whom the government will buy sand and gravel, which will then be sold in sand mandis.
The mandi board will decide on the per-kilometre rate after discussion with the transport department and then arrange the required number of vehicles.
The policy also states that the government will award the contracts to the government department or a corporation for more than five years but can be extended from time to time. The arguments on the policy are yet to be carried out.