On the directions of the state government, a committee of district mining department and forest department officials have started identifying mining sites that could be given on a six-month lease.
Presently, the entire state, including Gautam Budh Nagar, is facing a shortage of sand and minor minerals, due to which construction activity has almost come to a standstill.
“In association with the forest department, we are identifying the sites. Permission for mining activity for a six-month period, excluding the monsoon period of July 1 to September 30, will be given. Excavation and mining activity is not done during the monsoon,” Navin Kumar Das, the district mining officer, said.
“Bidding will be done through e-tendering. Publication of the e-tender is scheduled for May 2. By May 12, e-tender process is scheduled to be completed and by May 15, a letter of intent will be given to successful bidders,” Das said.
In response to a PIL, a Lucknow high court bench on April 18 appreciated the efforts made by the state government in curbing illegal mining in the state, and that as per the records made available to the court, such illegal activities are negligible because of the efforts of the state.
“The court had also stated that the government also has to ensure that legally excavated minor minerals are made available for construction activities throughout the state, both for the government as well as for the private operators, within a reasonable time and at a reasonable price,” Das said.
“On the recommendations of the group of ministers, certain immediate steps have been recommended for granting permits or leases for six months to tide over the emergent situation. Further, the state has made an amendment to Rule 17 of the Minor Minerals (Concession) Rules, 1963, by which the restriction earlier imposed on import of minor minerals from other states has been lifted. This may, to some extent, ease the situation,” Das said.
“One can purchase sand and other minor minerals from other states, including Delhi, and bring it to Noida for construction work. They should have road permit, purchase bill, sales tax documents of that state and the necessary forms required for importing such goods to UP,” Das said.