Haryana imposes ban on mining of major minerals

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Exchanging views: Haryana Assembly Speaker Harmohinder Singh Chhata with Governor Jagannath Pahadia on the first day of the Budget Session in Chandigarh on Friday. -
Exchanging views: Haryana Assembly Speaker Harmohinder Singh Chhata with Governor Jagannath Pahadia on the first day of the Budget Session in Chandigarh on Friday. -

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CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Government has decided to impose a complete ban on mining of major minerals in Faridabad, Gurgaon and Mewat districts for 10 years and has initiated steps for preparation of a 30-year perspective mining plan, State Governor Jagannath Pahadia announced here on Friday.

In his address to the members of the Haryana Legislative Assembly on the first day of the Budget Session here, he said this would ensure that the scarce natural resources are exploited in a judicious manner.

The State Minor Mineral Concession Rules would be completely reviewed, he added.

The State Government had identified three early bird projects including a Multi-modal Logistics Hub, an Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre and a Mass Rapid Transport System from Gurgaon to Bawal as a part of the mega project of Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor which was being developed along the alignment of the freight corridor running for about 1,480 km through six States.

The Government would re-visit the Industrial Policy of 2005 and announce a revised one by this April-end with focus on hassle-free approvals and clearances to the entrepreneurs in an efficient and transparent manner.

Mr. Pahadia said the State Government had launched the Jawahar Social Infrastructure Mission with a budget of Rs. 150 crore to create state-of-the-art schools, vocational education and training centres and State institutes for differently-abled children who were mentally challenged and suffered from impaired vision, hearing and speech. Homes for senior citizens and children in need are also being set up.

Expressing satisfaction that peace has been maintained in the State and there is rule of law, he said communal harmony is intact. Several initiatives have been taken to modernise the police force and to make it high-tech.

He added that a state-wide action plan was being prepared for disposal of bio-medical waste with the help of the Health Department and hospitals. Use of plastic carry bags not meeting the notified specifications had been banned and a complete ban on plastic articles had also been imposed in the historic town of Kurukshetra and other notified religious places as well as in wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and public parks.

Keeping in view the ensuing Commonwealth Games, the Government is facilitating availability of over 6,500 rooms in the National Capital Region. The Governor further said that the State's revenue receipts had registered an increase of about 22 per cent from April 2009 to January 2010 over the corresponding period of the last financial year.

Haryana has also witnessed a partial reversal of the adverse effects of the crisis in the current financial year. The Gross State Domestic Product is expected to grow at 8.1 per cent in 2009-10, 0.2 percentage points higher than the 2008-09 growth rate. “The State is on the path to recovery,” he asserted, adding that the Government is committed to continuing the recovery measures with renewed optimism and vigour.

He added that implementation of the Nuclear Power Plant project would begin during the 11th Plan itself as the pre-project activities to set up 1,400 MW in Phase-I had been initiated by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India.

While pointing out that the demand for electricity was growing rapidly in Haryana, he said that on an average the Government is supplying 907 lakh units of electricity daily to the people. A large investment has been made in the last few years to add additional 5,000 MW generation capacity enabling the State to double the availability of power by 2011-12.

Mr. Pahadia also reiterated the State Government's commitment to get its legitimate share in the river waters through the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. Efforts are being made to resolve the legal issues for operationalising the Bhakra Main Line-Hansi Branch-Butana Multipurpose link channel which had been constructed for equitable distribution of water.



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