There have been a lot of complaints about the shortage of construction material including sand and boulders and the government has decided to streamline the process so that the contractors and other people get the construction material without any delay.
The mining contracts have been given to many outsiders after they were successful to get these contracts during the bidding process. Many of them have not started the work to extract sand and boulders and some of them have not even shown any interest to go for any operations to get sand and boulders out from the streams and rivers.
The government has decided to streamline the process of bidding and has asked the mining officers to initiate action against all those defaulters who have not gone for the extractions despite getting the contracts.
Recently the Chief Secretary reviewed the mining department’s performance and asked to initiate cancellation proceedings against the successful bidders if they fail to apply for the statutory clearances within the stipulated time frame. It was also asked to hold a meeting with all the stakeholders and ensure hassle-free and time-bound issuance of requisite clearances.
Reviewing the rejections on account of wrong documentation, he directed fixing of responsibility and strict disciplinary action against the defaulting issuing authority or the executing agencies as per the laid down norms.