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Justice M B Shah Commission team leader U V Singh
Justice M B Shah Commission team leader U V Singh

Justice M B Shah Commission team arrived in the State capital on Wednesday
Justice M B Shah Commission team arrived in the State capital on Wednesday
Bhubaneswar: The six-member team of the Justice M B Shah Commission, that arrived in the State capital on its third visit in the State on October 31 to continue its probe into the alleged mining illegalities in the State, will continue its inspection in the iron ore and Manganese mines in Joda and Koida mining circles in Keonjhar and Sundergarh districts today.

The Commission team on Thursday had made surprise visits KJS Aluwalia mines and R P Sao mines located at Topadihi on the border of Keonjhar and Sundergarh districts. They had also visited two other iron ore mines in Koida mining circle.

During their visit, the Commision team verified whether the companies undertook mining in their lease areas or the nearby portions.

Meanwhile, the Mines Department has slapped notices on 33 mines in Koida region seeking recovery of penalties to the tune of Rs 12, 000 crore.

The State Government has also imposed a fine of Rs 57, 907 crore on 27 mines for extraction of more minerals beyond the approved mining plan.

The Commission team after its two-day on the spot verifications is again likely to scrutinize records of 99 more mines from November 3, that will stay in the State until November 11.

Earlier the Commission team had visited the State on October 3 and had examined files of about 88 mines during their nine-day stay in the capital city of Bhubaneswar.

An eight-member commission team led by Justice M B Shah had also visited Joda mining circle in Keonjhar district and had conducted public hearings, during their first visit to the State in December last year.

The Commission, at that time, had said it had received complaints against some mines allegedly violating forest clearance and different mining laws.

It is noteworthy to mention that, the Justice M.B. Shah Commission appointed by the central government in November 2010, has been probing into mining scam in several mineral rich states of India.

Source: 360 NS