Bhubaneswar: The six-member team of the Shah Commission, which is in the State, to continue its third phase of investigation into the illegal mining scam in Odisha, scrutinized the records of as many as ten mines till Sunday.
The Commission team headed by Shri U V Singh, Principal Conservator of Forest in Karnataka, had verified the records of as many as six mines on Saturday and four mines on Sunday.
The Commission team after detecting large-scale violation of statutory clearance by majority of the mine owners, held a meeting with officers of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Forest and Environment Department and Steel and Mines on Sunday.
The team has sought clarification from the officials of MoEF and the State Government about the non-compliance of statutory provisions by mine owners during extracting minerals and why the State Government has not taken action against the erring miners.
Sources said, the Mines Department informed the Commission team that the State Government has slapped notices on 33 mines in Koida region seeking recovery of penalties to the tune of Rs 12, 000 crore and had also imposed a fine of Rs 57, 907 crore on 27 mines in Joda region for extracting more minerals beyond the approved mining plan.
Source: 360 NS