Bellary mining: SC team finds violation of rules
Bangalore: The Supreme Court-appointed team
to study the impact of mining on environment in Karnataka's
Bellary district has found violation of rules by those engaged
"Some violations are there definitely. The District
Deputy Commissioner told us that illegal mining had happened.
Now it has been stopped under an order of Supreme Court,"
Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)
Director General VK Bahuguna, who is heading the 18-member
team, told reporters here.
"I cannot say anything now. Our mandate is to do
scientific assessment of impact on mining on livelihood. We
feel the mining activity has impacted livelihood in Bellary,"
The team, which is on a visit to the district since last
week, has three months time to submit its findings to the
court and has sought list of maps of mining areas, number of
sanctioned, operational and illegal mines, Bahuguna said.
"Nobody is opposing blanket ban on mining...people are
saying that there should be no illegal mining," he said.