Rajasthan: Sand mined from Khatedari land to be weighed solely at govt-approved weighbridges close to lease websites


To be able to stop unlawful mining, the Rajasthan mining division has issued instructions, making it obligatory for sand mining leases close to khatedari (agricultural) land to weigh the sand at solely these weighbridges that are permitted by the mining division, mentioned officers.

In accordance with senior mining division officers, the choice was taken after a number of instances of the misuse of momentary e-rawanna (transit ticket issued on-line) surfaced.

“It has come to our discover that at occasions after getting the momentary e-rawanna, sand from unlawful mines had been being transported to varied places after being weighed at weighbridges situated distant from the unique mining website,” Further Chief Secretary, Mines Division, Subodh Agarwal instructed The Indian Specific.

A Supreme Court docket appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) had mentioned in its report final 12 months that the problem of mining leases in Khatedari lands has immediately facilitated legalising extraction, transportation and sale of illegally extracted sand from the river beds within the state.

Legally mined sand is scarce within the state owing to a 2017 SC order, that restrained all of the 82 sand mining leases in Rajasthan from finishing up mining actions in absence of environmental clearance and scientific replenishment examine.

After the SC ban, pursuant to an modification notification dated December 28, 2017, the state authorities had amended Rule 51 of Rajasthan Minor Mineral Concession Guidelines, 2017 to grant brief time period permits in Khatedari lands for excavation of sand just for authorities/authorities supported/authorities funded works.

“We’ve discovered that usually sand extracted from agricultural land is much less and as an alternative of that illegally mined sand is included within the consignment. After the brand new instructions, the weighbridges need to be located close to the mines and need to be permitted by the federal government in order that we will maintain a monitor via the web how a lot sand is being weighed. This can curb unlawful mining,” mentioned Agarwal.

The mining division officers have been instructed to make sure inside seven days that mine lease holders go to solely weighbridges permitted by the division close to the mining lease website.

Ever for the reason that 2017 SC order, unlawful sand mining has resulted in human casualties, blatant defiance of legislation by a mafia which even the administration is cautious of and growing accusations of collusion between authorities officers and unlawful miners.