Bangalore: Cracking another whip to check
illegal mining and transport of iron ore, the BJP government
in Karnataka today set up a special cell to curb the menace.
The 14-member cell headed by Director of Mines and
Geology Department will keep a stricter vigil on the quantum
of iron ore produced in the state, how much of it was being
utilised by local industries for value addition, quantum
exported and the agencies which supply iron ore.
The functioning of the 13 composite check posts set up
to monitor movement of iron ore laden lorries will also come
under the cell`s scanner, an official notification issued
The cell will also keep an eye on the illegal granite
mining, besides iron ore, it said.
The state has already ordered closure of 10 ports to
halt illegal exports and banned issue of transport permits, as
a measure to curb illegal mining and some mines owners have
challenged these orders in the state high court.
The Special Cell will meet once a fortnight to review
the situation and also suggest measures to the government that
would lead to eradication of illegal mining and exports, it
The cell will constitute five teams to undertake
survey in illegal mining areas identified by Lokayukta in its
The illegal mining issue has come to occupy centre
stage in Karnataka politics with the opposition targeting
three Karnataka Ministers and mining magnates -- Janardhana
Reddy, his brother Karunakara and their close associate