Shah Commission hearing extended till March 4

Published: 02nd March 2013 11:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd March 2013 11:43 AM   |  A+A-

 The Justice M B Shah Commission, probing illegal mining, on Friday set up a committee for physical verification of the boundaries of mines.

The Federation of Indian Minerals Industries (FEMI) drew the attention of the commission to the adverse impact on socio-economic condition after the closure of mines as industries are dependent on minerals.

They made a strong plea for the survival of the people who are depending on the mining industry.

Some of the lessees complained that they feel harassed as their applications for various statutory clearances are pending with the Government since long.

The Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), holding more than 50 pC of iron ore and manganese lease area in State, will appear on Saturday, followed by submission of State Government.

Justice Shah’s statement indicating existence of illegal mining in the State has sent ripples in the higher echelons of the State administration with senior officers holding a closed door meeting on Thursday night.

The commission detected that the State Government had allowed mining companies to go ahead without statutory clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The panel hearing has been extended till March 4.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp