Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 8:
Odisha government will soon implement e-auction for transportation of minerals to bring in greater transparency and strong action will be taken against those indulging in monopolistic practices.
Moreover, installation of Global Positioning System (GPS) in trucks engaged in transportation of minerals will be strictly implemented.
The decisions were taken at a high level task force meeting on mineral transportation chaired by chief secretary GC Pati held at the state secretariat here today.
“The task force meeting discussed the overall mineral transportation issue in the state. You are all aware that the state government had issued a notification to regulate freight charges of minerals. On the basis of it, e-auction will be introduced very soon for getting transport contracts. It was decided to act strictly against anyone indulging in monopolistic practices in mineral transportation. In order to strengthen mineral administration in the state, we will go for upgrade of server space in the Integrated Mines & Minerals Management System (I-3MS) and other facilities. This will usher in better regulation and check in the mineral transportation sector,” said Steel and Mines secretary RK Sharma briefing reporters after the meeting.
DGP Sanjeev Marik and senior officials of the Mines department were present at the meeting.
It may be recalled that the state government decided on May 15 to introduce e-tender for truckers engaged in mineral transportation to bring in transparency in the ore transport pricing.
As pricing for transport of minerals on trucks has not been standardised, transporters and truck unions were allegedly resorting to arbitrary pricing.
To put a check on such activities and streamline the pricing mechanism, the state government decided at the meeting attended by mining lease holders and representatives from industries to introduce e-tender facility through Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC).