Lahore: According to a report by Dawn, the Punjab government has regulated the cement industry and awarded 22 no-objection certificates (NOCs) for the construction of new cement plants while ensuring that no new units are built in regions designated as “negative.”

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A previous research pronounced the area around Kallar Kahar to be “negative” for the establishment of cement factories due to the rapid depletion of subsurface water. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar claims that the new cement plants will create jobs for millions of people and will help to raise and develop backward areas.

According to Buzdar, the government’s efforts to boost the salt and coal industries are also generating beneficial effects. The Punjab Mineral Development Corporation had received Rs.1.64 billion, he said. He said that 21 rock salt exploration licences had been awarded to help the salt sector grow. With the opening of four coal and eight salt mines, the department’s output capacity has increased.

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The coal mining moratorium has been lifted, according to the chief minister, and transparency has been ensured in the public auction of 20 coal blocks. To provide timely information, the Mineral Cadastral System was implemented.

The mines and minerals department has set up a cutting-edge in-service training academy at the Punjab School of Mines in Katas, where more than 3,000 personnel have received professional training.

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