The Uttarakhand government has now banned the import and export of RBM (river bed material) in the state. If caught doing so, you will face a fine of up to two lakhs. Apart from this, the government has also provided considerable relief to the businessmen by amending the rule to install a stone crusher three km from the river. The old rules will be valid for old stone crushers and screening plant holders. The three km standard has also been relaxed for new license holders.
Decisions were taken on several important points in the cabinet meeting held at the secretariat. To increase revenue from mining in the state and to ban illegal mining, the import and export of RBM have been banned. However, crusher material, etc. are not banned. For this, Uttarakhand Minerals (Prevention of Illegal Mining, Transport, and Storage) Rules, 2020 have been amended.
For the first time, brick kiln complex storage and soapstone storage have also been allowed. In the policy, the acceptance of retail stores has been increased to five years instead of two years. Storage in mobile stone crushers and screen plants will be allowed for two years.
The license fee for retail stores will be of Rs 25 thousand (up to 10 thousand metric tons) followed by Rs 10 per metric ton. The license fee for brick retail storage has been fixed at five thousand rupees. The payment of sale and purchase of minerals will not be in cash, now through bank draft and check.
Illegal storage will attract a fine of up to two lakh rupees. The appeal for fine on mining will now be at the Mandalayukta level, not at the governance level. Previously stored goods have to be cleared within a maximum period of six months. The maximum capacity of retail storage at one time in the first year will be 50 thousand tons. It would then equal 40 percent of the material sold in each prior year.
Relief to crusher and screening plant
The government has also given considerable relief to the crushers and screening plant holders. For this Uttarakhand Stone Crusher, Screening Plant Policy has also been changed. It has now changed the standard of distance from the river banks in the plains and hilly areas. The minimum horizontal distance of stone crusher and screening plant has been kept 1.5 km from the banks of river Ganges in Haridwar district.
In other plain areas, the minimum distance of the stone crusher and screening plant along the river has been kept one km. In the plains, their distance has been kept 0.5 km along the banks of the river Barsati. In hilly areas, the standard of screening plant and stone crusher distance from the river bank has been kept unchanged.