Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, June 8:
The two-member Central Empowered Committee (CEC) on mining appointed by the Supreme Court will begin its two-day tour to Odisha for assessment of the status of operational mines in the state from Monday.
The CEC team, which will undertake independent assessment of the status of mining activities in the state, will reach the state capital at about 9 am and hold meeting with state officials and some miners at the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) conference hall on Monday, informed Mines director Deepak Mohanty.
The CEC, which had submitted its interim report on mining activities before the apex court, will examine the statutory clearances of various mining leases operating in the state. The state government will submit information related to the mining activities in 186 iron and manganese mines based on which the CEC will prepare its final report and submit i to the SC, which is hearing a case on the illegal mining in the state and pronounce its final verdict on the illegal mining.
It is to be noted that the SC had ordered temporary closure of 26 mainstream mines in Odisha on the grounds of non-renewal of leases following that recommendation of CEC that about 40 mines in the state were operating under the provision of “deemed renewed” leases well after the expiry of their lease periods.