Smudged boundary marks delay survey

Smudged boundary marks delay survey

The team, which comprises officers from the Survey of India, Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), Revenue, Forests and Mines and Geology departments, has undertaken the survey as per the directions of the High Court in a case filed by industrialist Asha Mohammed Harron.

Harron had approached the Court after being unable to carry out mining even 10 years after obtaining the licence due to discrepancies in the demarcation of borders.

S C Partha, an officer from the Survey of India, expressed his disappointment over local officers delaying the identification of boundary marks, which he said would affect their survey.

“We had faced the same problem with local Revenue department officers when we were here on May 3. But this time around, a few revenue landmarks are available and we are hopeful of arriving at the exact extent of the mining area,” he added.

AM Minerals, the mining firm owned by Harron was granted mining lease in five acres in Sandur Ramamalai limits. The firm was compelled to approach the High Court after the Forest, Mines and Geology departments failed to demarcate the borders.

Harron has alleged that Revenue department officers connived with Associate Mining Company (having mining lease adjacent to that of A M Minerals) and destroyed the boundary marks to scuttle the survey.

Deputy Conservator of Forests Devaraj, Assistant Conservator of Forests Venkatesh, RFO Ramamurthy, Tohin Ray from IBM and surveyor Basavaraj were present.

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