Sand Mining has been the center of focus ever since Capt. Amarinder Singh took charge as Chief Minister of Punjab. In connivance with mining officials, the old sand mafia has continued to excavate sand despite orders from Government and court. From maligning of his minister to being dragged to court over cancellation of mines and then stay over High Court’s order in Supreme Court, the old mining mafia has been his largest pain point.
Wiring High Court’s orders, the Supreme Court rejected the petition of ex-miners and instructs them to surrender the mines. The order instructs Punjab Government to resolve the conflict by paying off the advance profit for the balance term.
While this order solves the long-drawn controversy of ownership of the sand mines, the advance profit will further hit Government of Punjab’s already shallow pocket. This profit to be paid for the balance term of contract will be calculated by multiplying the quantity of balance extractable minor mineral by bid price and subtracting the expenses from it.
What if the quantity of extractable mineral for the total term has already been illegally extracted? May be a lot more, say our sources.
Reference : Supreme Court Order dt 07.05.18