Portal will enable direct buying and selling from July this year
According to the government spokesman, the department has already started coordinating with collectors of two dozen districts where mining is done in significant quantities to meet the demand through the portal.
Individuals, real estate companies, and government agencies in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow can now purchase sand and river sand directly from stockists for construction work during the monsoon.
As mining and excavation in river basins are suspended during the monsoon, the retail rates of sand and river sand shoot up during this period. Before the monsoon sets in, the miners fence a vacant land parcel close to the road from all sides.
The minerals are excavated, transported, and stocked at the land parcel that is colloquially called ‘dump’ to meet the demand from July to September.
Officials said 169 land parcels for storing river sand and 89 parcels to stock up sand have been identified.
Mining Department Secretary Roshan Jacob said, “We have already started work to get such storage grounds fenced. CCTV cameras will be installed, and a stock register will be maintained. Our officials will visit the dump to estimate the quantity of stock. Random inspections will be carried out to ensure transparency. We will also monitor the prices in the retail market.”
Though large players are expected to benefit from the decision since they will be able to bear the transportation cost by getting the option of buying in bulk, the small ones will have to join hands.
Besides increasing the storage capacity, the department will also display contact numbers, daily running stock, and rates quoted by stockists on the ‘Mine Mitra’ portal.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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