HC pulls up AP over limestone mining

HYDERABAD: Stressing on the fact that it was keenly watching the response of AP authorities in dealing with big elements who are allegedly excavating thousands of tonnes of limestone worth hundreds of crores in an illegal way in Piduguralla, Nadikudi and other areas of Guntur, the Hyderabad high court on Thursday found fault with AP mining officials for launching large-scale prosecutions against small miners only. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

PMKKY scheme: Over one crore royalty collected from various miners in Pulwama

Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Ghulam Mohammad Dar Wednesday convened a meeting to discuss the modalities for the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) in the district.
“The meeting was informed that District Mineral Foundation Pulwama has collected Rs 1,22,78,819 as royalty from various miners across the District while as Rs 176.26 lac royalty is anticipated by the end of the financial year,” the statement said. Read more

Courtesy: Kashmir Reader

District mineral fund to focus on water supply, transport

PANAJI: Directorate of mines and geology has identified three priority areas for usage of funds in the mining-affected areas under the Goa District Mineral Foundation.

The three areas will be water supply, transport to school and college students and sanitation. “We have agreed, in-principle, to provide water supply to mining-affected areas till permanent water connections are installed,” said a senior mines officer. The mines directorate is also working out modalities with the Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association to provide buses for school and college students. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

Declare Western Ghats as Eco-Sensitive Area: Petition urges Karnataka CM

Campaigning organisation Jhatkaa has started an online petition, urging Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to declare the Western Ghats as an eco-sensitive area (ESA), with the other five states agreeing to do so.

In September, it was reported that the Karnataka was not agreeing to the Centre’s draft notification to declare the ghats as an eco-sensitive area. The first notification in 2014 had made 56,825 sq km of the Western Ghats in six states — including Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu — eco-sensitive. Declaring the region as eco-sensitive prohibits activities like mining or setting up of red category industries that pollute the environment. Read more

Courtesy: The News minute

Government plans to auction over 100 mines in six months

Having secured Rs 1.81 lakh crore in its kitty from e-auction of 50 mineral blocks, the government is looking to put on block another 100 mines in the next six months, according to the ministry of mines.

The government so far has auctioned 50 mines, including 23 limestone, 17 iron ore, 4 gold, 2 each of manganese and graphite blocks and one bauxite and diamond block each. Read more

Courtesy: Hindustan times

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