Staff Correspondent

BELLARY: V. Lakshminarayan assumed charge as the Director of Mines Safety at the regional office of the Directorate of Mines Safety here on Wednesday.

Mines safety was the responsibility of an officer of the rank of Deputy Director at the sub-regional office of the Directorate of Mines Safety in Bellary, which was recently upgraded to a regional office.

The regional office here is one of the two newly upgraded regional offices (the other is in Bangalore) and will have jurisdiction over Kurnool and Anantapur districts in Andhra Pradesh and Raichur, Koppal, Bellary, Davangere, Bagalkot, Haveri and Gadag districts in the State.

Mines

There are 205 non-coal mines such as limestone, soapstone, stone, iron ore, white shale, dolomite, gold, granite, manganese and stone (road metal) mines in these nine districts, and 555 leases for mining.

Mr. Lakshminarayan told The Hindu that his main task would be to inspect mines and enforce the Mines Act, especially with regard to mines safety, upgrade technology wherever necessary, occupational health, safety and welfare of the people working in the mines.

He said that the surprise inspection would be taken up in all mining areas to check whether mines adhered to the safety norms.

Deputy Director of Mines Safety, sub-regional office, Narasaiah was present.

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