Now, Punjab to introduce public mining sites for sand, gravel

Calling the move a path-breaking initiative, state mining and geology minister said these sites will help in checking malpractices to jack up the prices of sand and truly give the freedom of choice to the common man to buy sand from the source of his choice and at the price of his choice.

Centre allows 13 private agencies to do mining exploration operations

There are now a total of 22 private agencies which are engaged in mineral exploration. With the amendment of the Mines & Minerals (Development & Regulation) MMDR Act in 2021, private agencies can also participate in exploration for the mineral sector after getting duly accredited by QCI-NABET (Quality Council of India-National Accreditation Board for Education and Training).

42 vehicles seized by Jammu police in crackdown on illegal mining

According to Senior Superintendent of Police, Jammu, Chandan Kohli, mining was being done by owners of the seized vehicles in violation of orders of High Court of J&K. In order to strictly implement the drive against illegal mining and to tighten noose against the violators of the law Jammu Police has initiated strict action.

Meghalaya mining

Meanwhile, the state does not have a mining plan and is working to get one with the technical support of the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute and the Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited.