The Punjab cabinet, in a meeting on Saturday, gave the go-ahead to Punjab Crusher Policy 2023 for providing sand and gravel at affordable rates to consumers.
As per the policy, there would be two main classes of crusher units, commercial crusher units (CCU) and public crusher units (PCU). It says screening-cum-washing plants will also fall under the category of crushers units.
The state government would notify a price, called the “crusher sale price” (CSP), beyond which no mineral would be sold by any crusher unit. CSP would include cost of mineral, transportation from mining site to the crusher unit, processing charges and profit and loading of mineral onto any permitted class of transportation vehicles.
An online portal system shall be developed by the department of mines and geology to register the crusher unit. Crusher owners would register their units themselves through an online portal.
The owners may, if so desired, participate in bids for commercial mining units under Punjab State Minor Mineral Policy 2023. “The primary objective of the policy is to provide sand and gravel at affordable rates,” said the spokesperson.