Coal too comes under Enforcement glare

Published: 02nd October 2012 12:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd October 2012 12:49 PM   |  A+A-


The State Government on Monday decided to bring the coal sector under its enforcement network to detect mining activity outside permitted areas.

After getting positive results by enforcing laws in regulating iron ore and manganese mining and transportation of minerals, the Government decided to  extend the enforcement to coal sector too, Steel and Mines Secretary Rajesh Verma told mediapersons after the State-level Task Force meeting here.

 It has been decided that the railway authorities will make single entry and exit system in railway sidings and will install CCTV cameras for capturing all targeted activities in the sidings, he said.

 Three railway sidings at Chandiposh, Balimela and Barsuan in Koida mining circle and four sidings at Jurudi, Barbil, Bonai and Nayagarh in Joda mining circle have been identified for this purpose, he added.

 As the railway authorities have been requested to expedite the construction of boundary wall and installation of cameras at sidings, the Chief Secretary asked the Steel and Mines Department to expedite the process of deployment of manpower in these sidings. Each siding will have 7 or 8 persons and work round-the-clock. 

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