Punjab Online Sand Booking Portal Registration 2021: Punjab Online Sand Booking Portal is now functional at minesandgeology.punjab.gov.in. Now you can order sand and other mining material online at the official Punjab Sand Portal. Mineral Sale Management and Monitoring System is an initiative of Water Resources Department (Mining & Geology) in Punjab. In this article, we will tell you how you can book sand and other mining material through online mode.
Punjab Online Sand Booking Portal
Mining and Geology Department is implementing an Online Punjab Sand Portal for sale of sand to all consumers, small, medium or large through online mode. All transactions/payments will be captured through an online real time monitoring system. Sale of sand will be controlled by electronic documentation linked to a central documentation monitoring facility and upload daily progress report on the portal. The concessionaire of each block shall have to notify rate of sand on Online Punjab Sand Portal.
The summary of online order, quantity of available sand at mine shall be available on Punjab Mining Department website. Punjab Sand Mining Department Portal shall be a facility available to consumer and act as an MIS for the department and concessionaire. The Punjab Online Sand Booking Portal shall facilitate sale of sand from the mines/sand yard. Online orders could be booked from Divisional Mining Office or Sub-Divisional Mining Office.
Mission of Mineral Sale Management and Monitoring System
Judicial use of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development of the State.
Web Portal of Water Resources Department (Mining & Geology) in Punjab
The web portal of Water Resources Department (Mining & Geology), Punjab. is developed with the following objectives:
1. To provide easy and affordable access to Sand/Gravel to consumers/trade.
2. To provide the service offered by the Department in online mode.
3. To monitor the movement of vehicles so as to keep tab on illegal transportation of minerals.
Book / Order Sand and Other Mining Material Online
STEP 1: Firstly visit the official Punjab Mining & Geology Department website at https://www.minesandgeology.punjab.gov.in/cms/page?id=129
STEP 2: At the homepage, click at the “Order Online” tab present in the main menu or directly click https://www.minesandgeology.punjab.gov.in/member/customer-signup
STEP 3: Then the page for Online Sand Booking Punjab will open as shown below:-
STEP 4: Here applicants can enter personal and login details, address details, mobile verification and click at “Register” button to complete registration process at Punjab Online Sand Booking Portal.
STEP 5: Afterwards, click at the “Existing User, Click Here to Login” link or directly click https://www.minesandgeology.punjab.gov.in/member/login
STEP 6: Accordingly, the page to make Punjab Sand Portal login will appear as shown below:-
STEP 7: Here applicants can enter the e-mail ID and password and then click at the “Submit” button to make Punjab Sand Portal Login.
Registration of Vehicles on Punjab Sand Portal
All vehicles which shall be used for transportation of sand, will be registered on the sand portal when the Punjab Sand Portal is operationalised. These vehicles shall have Hologram, GPS Tracking and other marking facilities. The consumers shall be able to hire vehicles online, on payment of freight charges at the rates fixed according to length of the transportation. The list of all the registered vehicles along with their contact details shall be displayed for the customers to place orders for transportation.
Punjab New Sand and Gravel Policy
Punjab cabinet has approved New Sand & Gravel Policy on 17 October 2018 to curb illegal mining and boost revenue. This policy will bring further transparency in the sand mining business. Department of Mining has launched an online Punjab Sand Portal for sale of sand to all consumers. All the contracts will be granted by auction of mining blocks in strategically established clusters through progressive bidding.
At Punjab Sand Portal, all transactions / payments will be captured through an online real-time monitoring system. New policy specifies the quantity of sand and gravel which would be called “Annual Concession Quality” which a bidder is allowed to mine in 1 year. Both sand and gravel shall not be sold at the mining site for more than Rs. 9 per cubic feet and max. rates linked to a distance will be notified soon including cost of loading of the vehicle.
Auction Process for Sand in Punjab
Auction process was carried out by the individual mines in Punjab but now the auction will be organized in strategically established clusters and contracts will be given on the basis of progressive bidding. This move will raise the royalty receipt of state exchequer, provide adequate supply at fair price to consumers and curb illegal mining.
Only registered companies, partnerships, societies, sole proprietorship, individuals and consortia of upto 3 such entities would remain eligible to bid subject to fulfillment of terms and conditions. Punjab Sand Portal would control the sale of sand to consumers by electronic documentation with modern facility and the daily progress report would be uploaded on the portal. In the new policy, the mining rights of concession quantity of sand and gravel in mining block would be put to bidding through transparent e-auction process.
Presence of Officials at Mines
Bidder needs to ensure that site managers, JE level officers and software professionals must remain present at all mines. Bidder should obtain or hire the machinery for mining block he plans to bid for and policy contains details of machinery required for different capacity of mines. New policy will specify Annual Concession quantity which is allowed to be mined from a block in a single year.
The concessionaire will identify mines in the allocated block, obtain consent of land owners, arrange for infrastructure requirements before the starting of mining operations. In case the mining is to be done in a river bed, then concessionaire need to intimate Chief Engineer Drainage seven day in advance before a mining activity is to be carried out. This is to be done so that mining doesn’t affect the flow of river or damage embankments. To provide environment & other clearances in a timely manner, Executive Engineer at the Headquarter would act as a nodal authority.
Capping on Sale Price to Check Overpricing Sand / Gravel
To regularly check overpricing of sand and gravel, a cap has been put on their sale price. Both sand and gravel shall not be sold at the mining site at more than Rs. 9 per cubic feet and max. rates linked to a distance that can be charged for each cubic meter will be notified soon. This price includes cost of loading of the vehicle. Concessionaire will hold the responsibility to dispatch sand and gravel through only those transporters who agrees to transport it at notified or less rates.
It is mandatory for concessionaire of each block to notify rates of sand on the new portal to be launched by the department. Even the summary of online order and quantity of available sand at mine would be present on the portal. Any person can book online orders through divisional mining office or sub divisional mining office. The state govt. would soon launch android mobile application for this purpose. All vehicles which are used in transportation of sand would also be registered on the sand portal.
Weighting slips for transportation of sand will contain features of barcodes, QR codes which will be stamped with date & time and vehicles would be tracked with the GPS / RFID tags. All mines will be geo-tagged while performing physical inspections and even the boundaries of mines would be checked using GPS coordinates. This would help in checking whether any mining activity is ongoing outside the permitted area. All the mines which are recently auctioned will continue to operate till their tenure completes.
New Sand Mining Policy in Punjab: https://www.minesandgeology.punjab.gov.in/pdf/Mining-Policy-26-10-2018.pdf
Reference Link: https://www.minesandgeology.punjab.gov.in/cms/page?id=122