State: All Mines have Statutory Clearance - The New Indian Express

State: All Mines have Statutory Clearance

Published: 25th April 2014 09:57 AM

Last Updated: 25th April 2014 10:07 AM

The State Government on Thursday told the Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) that all mines operating in the State have statutory clearance.

 “We have informed the CEC that all the mines, mostly iron ore and manganese, operating in the State have the required statutory clearance for mining activities,” Chief Secretary J K Mohapatra said after a meeting with the CEC in New Delhi on Thursday.

 The CEC had called for detailed information on mining leases, especially the ones on iron ore and manganese. The committee wanted to know if these mines were functioning with the necessary statutory approvals. The State Government furnished detailed information on status of the mining leases, he said.

 The CEC had sought compliance from the State Government on different matters like environmental clearance, forest clearance and consent for operation. Besides, it also heard the views of different mines lease holders.

 The Supreme Court, which is hearing the alleged illegal mining cases in the State, had asked the CEC to submit a report on what interim orders could be issued to deal with the problems posed by large scale illegal mining in Odisha. The next date of hearing on the PIL is April 28.

Senior Supreme Court lawyer and BJD MP Pinaki Mishra, who appeared before the CEC on Thursday, said the mining issues of the State is completely different from Goa and Karnataka.

The State Government and the lessees have furnished all materials asked by the CEC. He exuded confidence that the CEC will give a report which will satisfy the Supreme Court.

Even as the State Government claimed that there was no illegality in the mining operations, there are apprehensions that the State may face a temporary ban on mining before being allowed resumption of operation.

Representatives of mining lease holders were also present at the CEC meeting.

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