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SC asks CEC for conditions to allow mining in Karnataka

The category ‘B’ mining leases had been indicted for allegedly creating mining pits on encroaching up to 10 per cent of the lease areas outside the sanctioned limit.

Almost a fortnight after lifting the absolute stay on mining activities in Karnataka,the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to inform it about certain pre-conditions for allowing resumption of mining in ‘B’ category mines in the state’s Bellary,Chitradurga and Tumkur districts.

It had on September 3 allowed resumption of iron ore extraction in as many as 18 ‘A’ category mines in Karnataka,after laying down some stringent conditions,including compliance of all statutory guidelines,and undertaking of reclamation and rehabilitation work on grant of leases.

A Forest Bench led by Justice Aftab Alam told senior counsel Shyam Divan,appearing for the CEC,to file a written submission,mentioning all the pre-requisites for letting the mining resume in more than 70 leases in Karnataka.

The CEC has classified the leases of iron ore mines into ‘A’,‘B’ and ‘C’ categories based on the level of illegalities and irregularities allegedly done.

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The category ‘B’ mining leases had been indicted for allegedly creating mining pits on encroaching up to 10 per cent of the lease areas outside the sanctioned limit. The CEC recommended that these leases could resume of operation only after reclamation and rehabilitation works were done and penalty deposited by the lease holders.

First published on: 22-09-2012 at 01:22:15 am
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