Outlay of Rs. 30,478 crore could be collected from mine owners: Bahuguna
V.K. Bahuguna, Director-General, Indian Council of Forestry, Research and Education (ICFRE), and head of the team preparing the reclamation and rehabilitation (R&R) plan for 11 taluks in Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur districts, said that the process of preparing the plan was in the final stages. The plan would be submitted to the State government in about a month.
Dr. Bahuguna, who was here to participate in a stakeholders’ meet to explain the progress and content of the plan, and elicit stakeholders’ views and suggestions, spoke to presspersons on Wednesday.
“The plan, with an outlay of Rs. 30,478 crore to be spent in a span of 10 years, is almost ready. Stakeholders’ suggestions need to be incorporated in the plan before it is submitted to the State government by the second week of January. In turn, the State government, after studying and approving it, will submit the plan to the Supreme Court. After that, the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), as suggested by the Supreme Court, will have to be constituted with the Chief Secretary to the State government as its head, for the implementation of the plan,” he said.
Dr. Bahuguna said the Rs. 30,478 crore, being 20 per cent of the sales proceeds of iron ore, could be collected from mine owners.
“The focus of the plan was to ensure economic sustainable development, through scientific mining and to improve the living conditions of people affected by mining,” he said.
Of the Rs. 30,478 crore, around 62 per cent would be spent in Bellary district, 24.5 per cent in Chitradurga district, 10.17 per cent in Tumkur district and the remaining 3.4 percent would go to other areas and overheads.
According to official sources, priority has been accorded in the plan to education, health, environmental protection, transport, afforestation, food, safe drinking water, agriculture, pollution control, basic civic amenities, solid waste management and development of tourist spots, in all three districts.
Director of the Institute of Wood Science and Technology S.C. Joshi, ICFRE team member Pankaj Agarwal, and Deputy Commissioner Amlan Aditya Biswas were present.
Dr. Bahuguna said he had urged the Federation of Indian Mineral Industry (FIMI) to direct mine owners to submit all the relevant information and documents to finalise the R&R plan for their respective mining lease areas.
He said that plans for ‘A’ category mines, ‘A 1’ category mines and a few ‘B’ category mines, had been completed and the mining companies had begun implementing the plans.
However, the preparation of plans for ‘B’ category mines was getting delayed because some of the mining companies had not submitted information, Dr. Bahuguna said.
“I have asked FIMI to prevail upon the mining companies to submit the details so that the preparation process can be completed,” Dr. Bahuguna said.
62 per cent of the total outlay will be spent in Bellary district ‘Preparation process is getting delayed because some companies are yet to submit details’
62 per cent of the total outlay will be spent
in Bellary district
‘Preparation process is getting delayed because some companies are yet to submit details’