Illegal mining: OMC to pay Rs 2,100 cr

The State-run Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) would pay a penalty of over Rs 2,100 crore by December 30 while implementing the Supreme Court’s order on illegal mining.

The apex court has set the payment date by December 31, which is a Sunday; so, the OMC would deposit the money by next Saturday in the accounts of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) set up for the purpose.

The SPV, Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development Corporation (OMBADC), has been set up to expedite developmental activities in the mining areas.

After the Supreme Court’s order, the State Government is expecting a total penalty collection of about Rs 17,575 crore towards violation of environment laws and another Rs 2,000 crore from violation of forest clearance, mining plan and operate to consent norms for all the erring mine leaseholders, including the OMC.

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Courtesy: the pioneer

Deep pits found, illegal mining of red sand alleged

With construction activity picking up across the district and new roads being laid, the menace of illegal sand mining has once again reared its head.

Months after The Hindu reported about illegal mining at Cheryal, similar allegations have surfaced at Dasugadd Tanda, barely 15 km from the district headquarters.

Just about a kilometre from Sangareddy-Narsapur road, one has to take a left turn and travel for some distance to see new chasms that run so deep that two-storey buildings could be buried in them. Digging of red sand, a crucial component in construction, has been taking place over past few months, but officials are allegedly looking the other way.

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Courtesy: The Hindu

Free health check-ups for mining workers by forest devp corp

NAINITAL: The Uttarakhand forest development corporation will organize regular medical camps at localities near Faila and other rivers in Kumaon division where mining workers stay during the season.

Over 10,000 workers, mostly migrant labourers from UP and Bihar, will get medical check ups and will be provided free medicines.

MPS Rawat, regional manager of the forest development corporation, said, “Camps will be organized at 11 gates of Gaula river on the weekend. We will encourage workers to get free check ups.”

The department provides the workers with safety kits which include gloves, masks, boots, ropes, a torch and various equipment to prevent injuries and diseases while mining river beds. The forest department also insures workers against accidents or physical injuries for up to Rs 1 lakh.

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Courtesy: The Times of India

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