Mining resumes in Ropar, sand costs might decline

Mining resumes in Ropar, sand costs might decline

Tribune Information Service

Ropar, Could 8

The provision of sand and gravel within the area is ready to ease because the state authorities has revoked the suspension of contract of mining in Block No. 1 (Ropar district) and the contractor has already began transport the fabric.

Contractor deposits price

  • The mining contract for Block No. 1 (Ropar district) had been suspended as contractor did not deposit price for final quarter, which has not been deposited
  • Contract for Block No. 7 (Mohali, Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib), which too was suspended, can also be revoked quickly with contractor agreeing to pay price

In response to sources, the suspension of mining contract of Block No. 7 (Mohali, Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib) can also be revoked quickly because the contractor has agreed to deposit the requisite price with the division. The costs of sand have already shot up from Rs 25 per cubic foot to Rs 31.50 per foot as there have been substantial curbs on unlawful mining after the AAP authorities took cost, resulting in a scarcity of provide. The suspension of contracts additional made issues troublesome for the frequent man, as individuals needed to shell out extra for building materials.

The authorities had claimed the contracts had been suspended as a result of the contractor had did not deposit the required price for the final quarter. Contractor Rakesh Chaudhary has the mining lease rights in block Nos. 1 and seven until March 18 and January 31 subsequent 12 months, respectively. The Ropar Mining Division authorities had claimed the contractor needed to deposit almost Rs 15 crore for continuation of his lease rights within the Ropar space.

The Mohali Mining Division had additionally issued a show-cause discover to the contractor on April 5, saying he was required to pay Rs 93.63 lakh for the interval until November 9 final 12 months, Rs 1.97 crore for November 10 to January 31, 2022, moreover the primary quarterly instalment of third 12 months of contract of Rs 2.24 crore together with 18 per cent annual curiosity. He, nonetheless, had deposited a mere Rs 10 lakh solely as much as the date of suspension on February 22.

Alternatively, contractor Rakesh Chaudhary had claimed he had already paid greater than Rs 18 crore in extra to the Mining Division in opposition to the contract in Ropar. Claiming he was making ready to problem the suspension of contracts in courtroom, Chaudhary stated the division had failed to supply him the required materials in quarries in Block No.7 resulting from which he was not all in favour of working there. Ropar Mining Division XEN Sartaj Singh Randhawa confirmed the contractor had deposited Rs 5 crore final week, following which the suspension of his Ropar contract was revoked on Friday.

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