Mining operations in Jammu and Kashmir have been in focus as the government is trying to get maximum benefits out of these natural minerals.
In this direction Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir reviewed mining operations in Jammu and Kashmir and directed his officers to ensure the availability of construction material and streamline the process for those who are connected with this trade.
He in the recent review meeting also directed for early issuance of ECs, action against defaulting parties so that the process for the others is further made easy.
He in the meeting asked the officers to ensure availability of construction material at reasonable prices in Jammu and Kashmir.
123 mines, including 40 dedicated blocks, are operational in the Union territory and additional 168 mines have been given extension by the Mining Department to complete requisite formalities. Once all the mines are operationalized, the supply of minerals will be further augmented.
He emphasized on the availability of various minor minerals at reasonable prices and directed the Mining Department to submit weekly reports in the matter.
He asked the Forest Department to expedite the process of issuance of environmental clearance in favor of the 168 mines and ensure its completion by November 2021.