Reddys` OMC violated inter state boundary: SC panel
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Last Updated: Friday, April 30, 2010, 19:26
New Delhi: The committee headed by Survey of India has told the Supreme Court that the Obulapuram Mining Company Ltd(OMC) owned by Karnataka ministers and mining magnates Reddy brothers has violated norms by extending its mining activities beyond the lease area.

The latest report by the committee, which was set up by the apex court, alleged the company has violated the norms by extending its activities beyond the lease area and encroached into the borders of Karnataka for its mining activities.

A bench headed by the Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan would take up the matter for hearing on Monday.

The company is owned by G Janardhana Reddy, Tourism Minister, and Karunakara Reddy, Revenue Minister, both powerful leaders in B S Yeddyruppa government in Karnataka.

The committee said that in one leased area of 68.5 hectares, there was an encroachment of 2.4 hectares and the occupied area was about 100-150 metres towards Andhra Pradesh-Karnataka border, which was in violation of the inter- state boundary demarcation.

As regards the leased area of another 39.50 hectares, the committee said though mining activities in that area is less than that of leased area in that case also one side of the lease area went beyond the inter-state boundary.

The committee also expressed concern over the lack of similarity between the maps provided by the forest and revenue departments, making difficult the task of exact demarcation of the leased area.

It also recommended that the apex court should not permit resumption of mining since demarcation of lease mines boundary was a complex and time-consuming task .

The apex court had on March 22 banned mining of iron ores by OMC and appointed a committee comprising officials of Survey of India, forest, irrigation and revenue departments of Andhra Pradesh, besides representative of the Reddy brothers to look into alleged violation of lease areas.

The Reddy brothers, who own mining leases in an area spread over 136 hectares of land in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district, are accused of encroaching on reserve forest lands as per the findings of the CEC as also an inquiry by the state government.


First Published: Friday, April 30, 2010, 19:26

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