Chandigarh: Punjab Transport Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar, on Monday, informed that the transport department has fixed the rates for the transportation of minor mineral as defined under Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 in the State of Punjab.

Divulging further, Laljit Singh Bhullar said that the carriage rates of minerals such as Earth, Surkhi, Sand, Fly Ash, Bajri, Ballast, Stone Boulder, Kankar and Building Rubbish, are being categorised in various rate slabs.

“This move of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann led government will stop the trend of charging rates arbitrarily by the transporters, thus stop the fleecing of common man”, said the Cabinet Minister.

He said that the rate between 0.5 km to 50 km will be vary between Rs.68.49 to Rs.349.82 per MT. Likewise, the rates for 51 km to 100 km will be applicable between Rs.352.61 to Rs.467.95 per MT.

He said that the rate between Rs.469.11 to Rs.526.19 per MT will be applicable for the distance between 101 km to 150 km, Rs.527.27 to Rs.579.78 per MT has been fixed for the distance between 151 km to 200 km. Similarly, the rates for the distance between 201 km to 250 km will be very between Rs.580.85 to Rs.633.38 per MT, while Rs.634.44 to Rs.686.96 per MT has been fixed for the distance between 251 km to 300 km.

Transport Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar said that for transportation of minor minerals for the distance above 300 km, the rate for every additional 1km will be charged at the rate of Rs.1.07 per MT in addition to the fixed limit of Rs.686.96.

A notification in this regard has been issued, he added.

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