State Plans To Auction 100 Hectare Sand Mining Blocks, ET RealEstate

July 5, 2023

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JAIPUR: The mining department has started an exercise to identify 100 hectare of sand mining blocks across the state for auctioning. As more than 25 existing leases will expire by the end of the year, the task has been given to the mining department to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) after earmarking the blocks.

An official informed, “Like masonry stone mines, 100 hectare sand mines leases will be auctioned in the state. The survey will be completed in four months and blocks will be put under hammer. The survey process is slow at the moment as there is water over the riverbed.”

The decision has been taken to boost availability of sand and check illegal mining after auctioning mining blocks in every district. A senior mining official said, “As per the proposal, one lease will be allotted in each district. This time, the department will auction sand mining blocks”.

As per the records, out of a total of 82 mining leases, 32 were made operational for 13 months for excavation, following Supreme Court directions. At least 10 leases in Jalore, Tonk and Jodhpur have expired.

Many fear if a timely decision is not taken, the mafia will thrive again. A stakeholder associated with the trade said the government should complete the paperwork timely to auction the leases before the implementation of model code of conduct so that illegal sand mafia do not flourish again in future.

“In Jaipur, major supply of bajri comes from Tonk, Deoli and Niwai and its leases are expected to expire in October, and November, respectively. Before the election year, the government should expedite the process. This will keep the mafia at bay. At present mafia in many areas continue to excavate bajri and selling it at higher rates, hitting both legitimate traders and residents, where leases are not started,” he said

The Supreme Court had on November 16, 2017, restrained 82 large leaseholders in the state from carrying out the mining of riverbed sand. The mining was banned until a scientific replenishment study was completed and the Ministry of Environment and Forest granted the clearance. The apex court later appointed a Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to look into the issue of illegal sand mining.

A source said, “At present, 39 leases are non-operating in the state. Mining will start in almost all riverbeds only after the completion of necessary formalities.”

  • Published On Jul 5, 2023 at 02:00 PM IST

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