Cheaper construction material in Punjab now, policy does not apply to residential houses

In order to make construction material available to consumers at affordable prices, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday gave nod to amend Sand and Gravel Mining Policy, 2021.

A decision to this effect was taken in the meeting of the Council of Ministers chaired by the Chief Minister here at Punjab Civil Secretariat I.

However, it will not be applicable for residential houses of any size or for any other building on plot size up to five hundred square yards. The royalty rate of ordinary clay and ordinary earth will be Rs10 per ton for commercial use except brick kilns.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that this initiative will rationalize the sand and gravel policy of state with a view to give relief to consumers on one hand and generate more revenue for state exchequer on the other. As per this policy, the royalty of Rs 2.40 per cubic feet will be the same as earlier. Revenue collected under the Information & Technology and Weigh Bridge Head which is 10 paise per cubic feet, will be deposited in the state exchequer instead of being retained by the contractor currently.

The Department will make the payment of the bills raised by the contractors at the weigh bridge as per terms of the agreement. This will facilitate the Department to computerize the entire operations of Weigh Bridge and further reduce the scope of illegal mining. As the major burden to the consumer comes from the transportation rates so Department will prepare a mobile app connecting transporters and consumers and the rates will be fixed by the Department of Transport.

Instead of earlier practice of issuing K-2 permits, a surcharge of Rs. 5 per square feet will be charged by the authority approving the building plans where construction of basement is proposed and the revenue thus generated will be collected by respective local bodies/ Town Planning authorities and deposited it in the appropriate Receipt Head of the Department.