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NHAI in UP to mine own material for road development projects

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NEW DELHI: Now National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and other Road owning agencies in Uttar Pradesh will be responsible for Mining of construction materials to meet the requirement for their projects. The state government has taken this decision after blanket ban on illegal mining had hit road construction and agencies had sought government’s intervention to tide over the shortage of inputs.
NHAI sources said the UP government recently sent its approval for allowing the highways authority to carry out excavation from three districts – Banda, Hamirpur and Sonbhadra. “The UP government has agreed to allow mining and quarrying in the identified areas on nomination basis since these are government agencies. On NHAI’s behalf the mining work will be carried out by the road building contractors and it will be done as per prescribed norms,” said an official.
Road contractors quantify how much mining materials such as sand, stone and gravel they will require for each project and they keep the NHAI informed as well. Sources said the onus of complying with conditions will be on NHAI and the road contractors. Moreover, the state departments will also have to play a key role to ensure only permitted quantity of material is excavated and transported.
NHAI is implementing road projects covering at least 1,000 kilometres in UP and the work for the 340-km Purvanchal Expressway will start in March to connect Lucknow with Ballia.
Soon after coming to power, the Yogi Adityanath government had put a blanket ban on rampant illegal mining in the state. Last year it had come out with a model open and transparent mining policy with provisions of heavy penalty against illegal mining.
During its run up for the assembly election last year the BJP had made large scale irregularities in mining contracts a major issue. The saffron party leaders had accused the then minister for mining Gayatri Prajapati of irregularities.
Source : timesofindia



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