Odisha-Jharkhand to Act Jointly on Mineral Smuggling
Odisha-Jharkhand to Act Jointly on Mineral Smuggling
Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view the increasing incidents of illegal transportation of minerals through forest and other routes, located on the Jharkhand-Odisha border, the State Governments are planning to impose restriction on plying of heavy vehicles in border areas and mapping of such routes indicating places where low height barricades need to be erected or trenches need to be dug.

The efforts to curb illegal mining would be discussed between officials of Jharkhand and Odisha at the second inter-State coordination committee meeting scheduled to be held on August 21 at Keonjhar in Odisha.

Secretaries of Home and Mines of both the States, all the senior officials of Mines and police officials of the two states would also participate in the meeting.

Sources in the state mining department said, while both states would exchange smuggling status on either sides of the border, the meeting would take a decision on mapping of forest routes generally used by mafia for illegal transportation of minerals.

Official sources said there is a proposal to allow movement of heavy vehicles only on routes recommended by the transport departments of the two states. Apart from this joint unified check gates would be made operational at some of the important locations including Murgabeda, Nalda in Keonjhar district and Tiring in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha and Jareikela in West Singbhum district of Jharkhand.

The meeting would also take a decision on a proposal of installation of another joint unified check gate at Bairammitrapur on NH-3 and to shift the existing forest check posts at Bisra in Sundergarh district of Odisha to Jareikela in West Singhbhum district.

Source: IANS