Chief Secretary meets Transport and Mining Department for providing sand to people at reasonable prices

On instructions of Chief Minister, CS directs strict monitoring of transport vehicles

Chandigarh, November 7 Following the instructions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to improve the management of sand transportation to provide sand to the people of the state at reasonable prices, Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Janjua held a meeting with the Department of Transport and Mining and directed strict monitoring of vehicles carrying sand.

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During a meeting at the Punjab Civil Secretariat here today, the Chief Secretary said that the sand carrying vehicles (tippers/trucks/trailers etc.) should be checked by ensuring strict compliance with the instructions of the Chief Minister and if any vehicle violates the rules, strict action should be taken against the guilty. He said that the price of sand has been fixed at Rs. 9 per cubic foot, but due to the high price charged by the sand transporters, the people get sand at exorbitant rates which will not be tolerated.

The Chief Secretary authorized the XEN level officials of the Mining Department for checking the vehicles. He also warned the transporters involved in this work. He further divulged that the transport department has also been asked to find a legal way to transport sand by tractor-trolley as the use of tractor-trolley for agriculture is for a limited time twice a year during crop sowing and harvesting. With this, while the farmers will get financial help, the people will also get sand at a reasonable price.

The Principal Secretary Mining Krishan Kumar and Principal Secretary Transport Vikas Garg were also present at the meeting.