patna: Bihar cabinet approves resumption of sand mining in 16 districts | Patna News


PATNA: The state cabinet on Friday approved resumption of sand mining activities in the 16 districts. The sand mining settlement would be done with the old holders in eight districts at 50% more than the existing rate from September 30 to March 31 next year. The settlement in Patna, Bhojpur, Saran, Rohtas, Aurangabad, Gaya, Jamui and Lakhisarai districts would be done afresh through open bidding.
In another decision, the cabinet cleared the payment of Rs57 crore as compensation with regard to the acquisition of toppo or the diara land in Munger district for the construction of a rail overbridge. While the Munger bridge had been inaugurated by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003, a part of the work had stopped due to the non-payment of compensation. Now, the bridge will be dedicated to public on December 25.
The cabinet also sanctioned the creation of 312 teaching posts in 26 government engineering colleges, with 12 posts for each college. It also cleared the creation of three posts at Patna high court, including that of an OSD. It also approved Rs366.56 crore to the water resource department from the contingency fund as advance.





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