Notices to all 170 mining firms to stop operations

Last Updated: Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 00:25

Bellary: A day after the Supreme Court
ordered suspension of mining operations in the district, the
administration on Saturday served notices to all 170 mining
companies to halt operations.

Official sources said the authorities asked all mine
owners to comply with the Supreme Court directive.

The Apex Court had yesterday ordered immediate suspension
of mining and transportation of iron ore from Bellary
district, stating that "over-exploitation" of the area has
caused large-scale environmental degradation.

The court passed the order by taking note of the report
of its expert panel, Central Empowered Committee, which said
most miners in the region were indulging in illegal mining,
causing considerable environmental damage.

Meanwhile, police today seized 49 trucks illegally
transporting iron ore at Alighar on the outskirts of the city.

Police said the value of the seized material was being
ascertained.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 00:25

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