Belgaum: The Forest Department officials have seized a huge stock of nearly 24,000 tonnes of iron ore for being illegally dumped in the forest areas of Ramangar of Khanapur taluk, situated between Karnataka and Goa border in the Western Ghats.
Deputy Conservator of Forests Girish Hosur told The Hindu here on Saturday that the ore, heading for Goa, was lifted from four districts of Bellary, Chitradurga, Gadag and Bagalkot. It was dumped in forest areas near Ramnagar without any permission either from the Department of Mines and Geology, Department of Forest or the district administration of Belgaum.
Along with the ore, 10 vehicles used to transport the mineral have also been seized.
The major quantity of the ore belongs to Sandeep Rane Mines. A small quantity of ore, about 200 tonnes belongs to Patvegar Mines and about 300 to 400 tonnes to Maruti Mines operating in the four districts of the State. He said for long the mining operators had been unloading ore in forest areas of Khanapur taluk and other locations without valid permission.
The mining operators had been unloading their ore procured from different sites in boundary areas before entering Goa for segregation of the ore to remove dust and waste materials.
However, this was being down without any permission from the competent authorities, Mr. Hosur added.