07 April, Bhubaneswar
Odisha Government Tuesday decided to conduct a DGPS survey of all the 189 mines as per the guidelines of the Shah Commission. The decision was taken at a meeting of Odisha state level task force on Mines.
State Director of Mines Deepak Mohanty told newspersons after the meeting that the survey would be conducted within six to nine months at the cost of the lessee.
Mohanty said so far the DGPS survey of 39 iron ore and Manganese mines had already been done and the rest 148 mines would be taken up now.
The Director said the meeting also decided to increase the enforcement squad under the directorate of mine from the existing three to four to check illegal mining and smuggling of minerals. The fourth unit would have an Inspector, one Sub-Inspector, and eight Constables
The meeting also decided to cancel the registration of mineral carrying vehicles registered under the I-3Ms system if any complaint was made against them either by the district administration or police.
Mohanty said the vehicles would not be allowed to carry minerals in future. He said an interstate coordination meeting with the neighbouring Jharkhand would be convened soon to prevent smuggling of minerals outside the state.
in another major decision, the committee decided to integrate the data of the mining department with the Railway Freight Information tracking system by the end of May . Pilot test of the system had already been done and the railway officials have expressed their satisfaction over the efficacy of the system.
Mohanty said the railway officials here have sought the permission of their higher ups to roll out the system. A plan is also on to replicate the system in the entire country.
The Mines Director said the meeting also decided to constitute a Sub Committee comprising of the representatives of the state Pollution Control Board , Forest and Environment, and Director of Mines to recommend to the government to fix a cap on the dispatch of the minerals on the Joda and Koida circles.
The Sub Committee, he said, would submit its recommendations within 15 to 20 days.Last year permission was given to dispatch 44mt of minerals from Joda and 13 MT of minerals from Koida sector from non-captive mines. But only 17.2 MT of minerals from Joda and 10.5 MT of minerals were dispatched from Koida last year against the permission given as many mines were closed due to environmental and other clearances.
Mohanty said in view of the amendment made to the MMDR Act the government is going to give permission for the reopening of the closed mines. The sub committee, he said, would take into consideration all the factors while deciding the cap on dispatch