A three-member central team sent to Punjab to assess the extent of illegal mining in the state has reportedly submitted its report to the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

In Mohali, a special sanitation campaign will be carried out from August 1 to August 10. The city has been divided into five zones and 500 sweepers per day will perform their duty.

Illegal mining of soil continues unabated in Mohali district.

All SDMs of Mohali district have been directed to seize diesel generators sets which are causing air and noise pollution and are being operated without clearance from the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB).

During a recent survey carried out in different parts of Mohali, it was found that most of the generator sets being used in certain areas were creating air and noise pollution.

A long judicial stay on the sand mining has caused an increase in the cases of illegal sand mining and has also increased the rates of sand in the market. The police had registered many cases of illegal sand mining and seized loaded trucks and trolleys.

To check the illegal sand mining, the state government and later the High Court had imposed a ban on sand mining over an year ago. However, sometime ago, the High Court had removed the ban, but due to the lack of environmental clearance from the concerned departments, most of the mining sites were lying without auction. During this period, illegal sand mining was encouraged in the Ghaggar river and some other small rivers in this area. On the other hand, customers are bound to purchase sand at higher rates for construction works.

With the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) failing to keep a check on health institutes in Patiala, healthcare centres, nursing homes and hospitals have started dumping bio-medical waste in the

8 quarries fetch Rs 101 cr against reserve price of Rs 4.02 cr

High bidding may lead to higher sand, gravel rates. The first e-auction of sand mines, having environmental clearance in north India, today generated a lot of interest among mining contractors from across the region. The auction was held for eight quarries — three each in Jalandhar and Kapurthala and one each in Mohali and Ludhiana — spanning over 337 acres of land. Against the Punjab Government's reserve price of Rs 4.02 crore, the quarries fetched a record Rs 101.09 crore.

To test the response of disaster management agencies and also generate public awareness, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will conduct a large-scale exercise in the tricity of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula as well as Shimla on February 13.

This will be the first-ever disaster management initiative in the country at a multi-state level. A unified command and control centre is expected to be set up to handle operations and co-ordinate activities of different state governments across the affected areas.

After digging deep into the mining activity in Punjab, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today gave the go-ahead to the auction of mines in five districts — Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Ropar, Mohali and

The Punjab Cabinet today gave approval to link the Mohali railway station with the Chandigarh metro rail project at a cost of Rs 1,427 crore.

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