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Whose land is it? A file photo of mining operations in Bellary district.
Whose land is it? A file photo of mining operations in Bellary district.

Staff Correspondent

Andhra Pradesh officials fail to turn up for the exercise in Bellary district

BELLARY: The joint survey by officials of the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), Survey of India and Departments of Forest and Mines and Geology, headed by B.P. Sinha, Controller of Mines (South Zone) IBM Bangalore, commenced at the T. Narayan Reddy mines in Tumti village of Sandur taluk on Thursday.

Venkateshwar Rao, Deputy Director Survey of India, Hyderabad; Jena, Superintending Surveyor of Survey of India; Waghmare, Divisional Controller of Mines, IBM; Udaykumar, Deputy Conservator of Forests, representing the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests; Ivan Khes, Regional Controller of mines IBM, were among the officials present. The officials of Forest and Mines and Geology, Government of Andhra Pradesh, who were given notice to be present during the survey, did not turn up.

The survey is being undertaken following directions of the Karnataka High Court in connection with the writ petition filed by T. Narayan Reddy, a mine owner having mining lease in Tumti village, accusing Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) owned by Ministers G. Janardhan Reddy, G. Karunakar Reddy and B. Sriramulu, having mining lease in Andhra Pradesh, of encroaching into the area leased out to him by the Government of Karnataka, by destroying the boundary pillars, which demarcates the two States.

The team first inspected the revenue points and later the rock marks indicating the bi-junction point (demarcating the boundaries of two adjacent villages) on the hillocks based on which the mining areas were leased. The team was unable to go on top of the hill as the approach road was dug and a trench was also dug all along the width of the area. Later, the surveyors of departments of forests, mines and geology and revenue were asked to commence the survey from the revenue points at the foot of the hill. The survey work is expected to be continued for another two days.

Responding to questions by presspersons, Mr. Sinha said that it was not a difficult task to demarcate the mining area leased to Mr. Narayan Reddy and the boundaries could be fixed once the ongoing survey work was completed.

“The survey work has commenced from below and would cover all the rock marks. After that it would be verified with the documents on which the mining lease was granted. Based on the outcome the mining lease boundaries could be fixed”, he said adding that a detailed report would be submitted to the Karnataka High Court.

Mr. Jena said that his department was participating in the survey only as an “observer” and would submit a separate report with regard to the survey that was conducted to their Director based on Hyderabad.

KRRS plea

Meanwhile, a group of farmers belonging to Karantaka Rajya Raita Sangha (KRRS) came to the mining area and urged the authorities surveying the area to identify the tri-junction point and other points, which had been reportedly destroyed/ disturbed besides ensuring that the State’s area, with rich deposits of mineral resources, was protected.

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