Reddys` OMC violated inter state boundary: SC panel

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.

PTI



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

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