K’taka: SC panel may cancel 49 mining leases

The CEC has told the court that "these (49) leases should be directed to be cancelled on account of being found to be involved in substantially illegal mining".

Last Updated: Feb 06, 2012, 21:40 PM IST

New Delhi: The Central Empowered Committee
(CEC) on Monday filed its final report on illegal mining in
Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur districts of Karnataka
recommending cancellation of 49 mining leases for "flagrant"
violation of the Forest (Conservation) Act and other laws.

The 49 Mining leases include those of Mysore Manganese
Co, Associated Mining, Matha Minerals, SB Minerals, LN Mining
Co, Rajapura Mines, Milana Minerals, Thungabhadra Minerals Ltd
and Mysore Minerals Ltd among others which are recommended to
be cancelled spread over 1,914 hectares as they had
collectively enchroached additional 895 hectares.

The CEC has told the court that "these (49) leases should
be directed to be cancelled on account of being found to be
involved in substantially illegal mining".

It further said that "as penalty or compensation, the
entire sale proceeds received or to be received by way of
e-auction of the existing stocks of iron ore should be
retained by the monitoring committee and the R&R plan should
be directed to be implemented at the cost of the lessee".

The CEC recommended that the mining available after
cancellation of the 49 leases may be directed to be alloted
the "end user" of the iron ore through a "transparent process
of bidding" to the highest bidder.

"The iron ore production from such mines should be used
for captive use only and no sale/export will be permissible,"
the committee added.

PTI