Jaipur: The Rajasthan government is considering a proposal that will give panchayats in the state the rights of Bajari (gravel) mining.
The step is being considered in order to get rid of the Bajari crisis going on in the state for the past nine months. The finance department has given its approval to the proposal prepared by the department of mines. It is now under consideration of the law department.
Earlier, the government had taken several steps to solve the gravel crisis like the auction of small blocks but the Rajasthan high court stayed the proposal. Again, the proposal was sent to RSMM (Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals limited).
The proposal gives the rights of Bajari mining to the Gram Panchayat for solving the Bajari crisis which is happening across the state. The file related to this has been sent to the Department of Law and Legal Affairs.
The Supreme Court has banned mining of gravel at 53 places in Rajasthan in November last year. Gravel mining is currently restricted across the state resulting in the hike of Bajari prices. The price of a Bajari truck which used to cost Rs 10,000 has gone up to Rs.30, 000.
On the other hand, the state government is a loss of Rs 100 Crore every month due to the ban on gravel. Illegal supply of Bajri is also taking place in several areas.
First published: August 9, 2018