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Uttar Pradesh clampdowns on mafia as illegal construction material floods markets, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

Uttar Pradesh clampdowns on mafia as illegal construction material floods markets, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate
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MEERUT: Uttar Pradesh has launched a crackdown against illegal transportation and selling of construction material, including crushed stones, brought from Haryana into the state using fake bills showing their purchase from states as far as Andaman Island and Arunachal Pradesh.

Truck and after truck, carrying loads of construction material mined from Yamuna river bed in Haryana’s Yamuna Nagar district, have been sneaking into UP for the last several months, throwing the legal miners out of business.

The illegally acquired material from Haryana is sold at cheap rates in UP, which the legal miners — who purchase the material from the government– cannot offer.

Bhupender Bisht, a miner from Saharanpur, said, “On an average, we purchase uncrushed stones from the UP government at Rs 22/ quintal. Then we spend another Rs 18/quintal in crushing, fuel and in its transportation. So the total cost comes at around Rs 40/ quintal. Now selling anything above that is our profit. But Haryana-based mafia sells it at around Rs 30/quintal and still make huge profit.”

After complaints from the miners, the government has now launched a crackdown.

UP’s special secretary and director of geology and mining Dr Roshan Jacob has shot off letter to the district magistrates of Saharanpur, Shamli, Baghpat and Muzaffarnagar directing them to take steps and stop entry of trucks containing mining materials from Haryana for sale. All the four districts share border with Haryana.

“It has come to our notice that hundreds of stone crushers are generating construction material from illegal mining activity on Yamuna in Yamuna Nagar district of Haryana. The mafia, in order to make it look legal, creates bogus purchase bills of raw material (stones) from other states. Using fictitious papers, the construction material finds its way into UP. It needs to be stopped,” the letter said.

After receiving complaints from legal miners in UP, Jacob had instituted an inquiry and sent a team to Saharanpur. “There was indeed movement of material from Haryana to UP using fake documents, a discrepancy which was confirmed by the office of director general of mines and geology, Haryana in its report,” the inquiry said.

When contacted, district magistrate (DM) of Shamli, Jasjeet Kaur, said, “We have begun taking action in this matter. Mining is closed during monsoon but we have plans to install CCTV cameras on the sensitive entry points into state. Mobile teams have also been constituted which will keep an eye on such illegal movement.”

According to the report of the director general of mines and geology, Haryana, accessed by TOI, 63 entities all across Haryana, including 38 stone crushers and 23 screening plants, have been identified as the ones claiming to buy minerals from outside states like Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Goa, Andaman etc.

While the report says, “It is clear that any transportation of mineral from faraway states other than adjoining states is neither practically possible nor economically feasible. Hence the mineral being shown as procured from such states are fake and falls under the case of fraud with the state government.”

According to district magistrate of Baghpat, Raj Kamal Yadav, “A list of more than 60 entities who are involved in the illegal trade have been sent to us. Any consignment moving into UP that belongs to any of these entities will certainly be stopped.”


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