BHUBANESWAR, July 23: The Shah Commission probing into the multi-crore illegal mining in Odisha today asked the state government to furnish details of Komalanga manganese mines and Kanther Koira manganese mines, wherein leased out area has been increased by 50 acres in excess of the original lease grants.
Both the mines were leased out to Rungta Mines.
“You are requested to submit as to how the lease area has been increased to 50 acres in excess of original lease grant under Section 8 of the MMDR Act, 1957and then under what provisions the lease has been divided into two leases. You are also requested to submit the lease map of the first lease granted on 1 January 1937 of Komalang area (lease deed signed on 8 May 1939),” said a letter from Shah Commission of Inquiry to the Principal Secretary, steel and mines department.
The Commission has asked to submit the information on or before July 27.
The state government had signed lease deed for both Komalang manganese mines and Kanther Koira mines on the same date on 8 May 1939 while the deed was extended periodically till 1982. It is to be noted that the Union Cabinet has extended the probe period of the Commission for another three months ending October to submit its final report. The Commission recently submitted its first phase report to the Ministry recently.
The commission has been empowered to recommend remedial measures to prevent illegal mining, trade and export of minerals. The panel, which recommended a total ban on iron ore and manganese exports, has submitted two interim reports. One was on illegal iron ore mining across the country and the other on illegal mining in Goa.