Bhubaneswar: Putting to rest the dispute over the amount of fine to be collected from mining leaseholders for illegal mining following the Supreme Court verdict, the Odisha government today decided to levy Rs 17,576 crore as fine from the leaseholders for environmental clearance violations.
A high-level meeting on mining chaired by Chief Secretary A P Padhi at the state secretariat here today decided to issue notices on this account to mining leaseholders soon.
This fine will be collected from the leaseholders only for violation of environmental clearance on the basis of the recommendations made by the Supreme Court appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC).
However, an additional amount of Rs 2,000 crore will be collected as fine from leaseholders for violation of mining plan and consent to operate.
On the other hand, the state government will take a decision on the quantum of fine to be collected for forest law violations in the next three-four days.
First notices will be served to mines wherein irregularities have determined.
The government will raise demand notices on this account within the next ten days and fine will be collected by December 31 as directed by the Supreme Court.
“Our initial estimate of Rs 17,500 crore approximately has been quoted by the Supreme Court. If the calculation of fine is made on the basis of EC, mining plan and CTO as suggested by the SC it will come to an additional Rs 2,000 crore. We will serve them with notices and they will be required to deposit the amount by December 31 as mandated by the SC,” informed Padhi.