'CM, officers connived to help mining lobby'

Addressing a press conference, former MLC of the Congress, V S Ugrappa, alleged that the present government had failed to initiate action against some of the mining companies. According to the Karnataka Forest Act, no mining activity is allowed within 100 metres of the forest boundary. The officials, who held a meeting in this regard on March 17, 2009, had recommended action against 17 mining companies for violating norms in December 13, 2009.

But so far, no action has been taken against such companies, which according to him, showed that the chief minister connived with the officials and the mining lobby. However, he did not justify his charges with any documents.

He said that since Yeddyurappa came to power, 1.4 lakh crore metric tonnes of iron ore had been illegally mined and transported.  Reacting to the chief minister’s recent statement that he would expose the nexus between Congress leaders and illegal mining, he said that Yeddyurappa was resorting to blackmailing tactics. If he has any proof, he should produce it, Ugrappa said.

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