Karnataka, Andhra begin survey of mining areas

Officials of mines and geology and forests departments of Karnataka and Andhra today launched a joint survey of mining areas along borders of both states under a Central directive in wake of allegations of illegal mining.

Last Updated: Aug 12, 2010, 21:51 PM IST

Bellary: Officials of mines and geology
and forests departments of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh today
launched a joint survey of mining areas along borders of both
states under a central directive in the wake of allegations of
illegal mining.

The three-day survey is on in consonance with a
directive by the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment and
is being undertaken on the basis of a map of 1896 of the
states (under the then Madras province) to determine the
borders between them, official sources said.

Karnataka Additional Chief Conservator of Forests
Deepak Sharma, Survey Institute of Mysore Technical Officer
Krishna Murthy, Land Survey official of Anantapur district in
Andhra Pradesh are undertaking the survey, sources said.

The survey is being carried out in the wake of
allegations that some mining firms, including Obulapuram
Mining Corporation (OMC) owned by Karnataka Tourism Minister G
Janardhana Reddy and his family have altered border posts and
are engaged in illegal mining in forest areas.

PTI