Staff Correspondent

BELLARY: Minister for Tourism G. Janardhana Reddy, who owns the Obulapuram Mining company (OMC) along with two other Ministers G. Karunakar Reddy and B. Sriramulu, claimed that the letter dated April 22, 2009, written by B.K. Singh, Deputy Inspector-General of Forests, Ministry of Environment and Forests (Forest Division), directing the Andhra Pradesh Government to suspend the mining leases of five mining companies, including OMC, had been kept in abeyance.

He also claimed that there was no need for a fresh survey of the mining areas, as sought by the MoEF as the survey of the mining areas of five companies had been done by a high power committee constituted by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Mr. Reddy, responding to questions by presspersons here on Sunday, blamed his opponents of keeping the Supreme Court and the MoEF in the dark about the steps already taken by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in this regard. “The Government of Andhra Pradesh has got the areas surveyed and there is no need for another fresh survey”, he reiterated.

To a question, he said that a report of the survey had to be submitted to the Supreme Court and there was no direction for suspending the mining activities.