Bhubaneswar: The six-member team of the Shah Commission that began its probe into the illegal mining scam in the State on Wednesday, verified the records of as many as seven mines on the second day of its investigation on Thursday.
The Commisssion said that most of the iron ore and manganese mines in Odisha would come under the purview of its investigation.
Shri U V Singh, Principal Conservator of Forest in Karnataka and the team leader of the Commission said that the Commission would verify the records and probe into all the iron ore and manganese mines allocated since 1952, no matter whether they are closed or are in an operational stage.
The Commission also summoned the officials of different mining circles and the representatives of several private mining companies on Thursday.
Without disclosing the findings of the Commission so far, Singh informed that the Commission had been looking into different aspects like violations under forest, environment (air and water), mines and other related laws. The Commission would like to make a deep study of the mining activities in the State.
Adding more Singh said that if required, the team may visit some mining sites in the State during the investigation process.
Source: 360 NS