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Himachal govt bans transport of sand outside state borders

Himachal Pradesh has decided to ban transportation of construction material like sand and grit outside the state for three months, an official said on  Tuesday.

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh has issued directions that strict action should be initiated against those smuggling construction material to other states and vehicles will be confiscated, a government spokesperson said. He said the decision was taken at a high-level meeting presided over by the chief minister in Shimla on Monday evening.

Initially the ban is for three months but it can be extended, the spokesperson added.

To check illegal mining, the government has decided to make available bar-coded forms to all mining lease holders.

As per new guidelines, the government has authorised 39 officers of various departments to make complaints in the court of competent jurisdiction under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act.
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