Revised proposal aims at raising Rs 30,000 cr from mining firms

Money to be used for R&R works in Bellary, Tumkur, Chitradurga

The State government has submitted a revised proposal to the Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC), seeking a direction to mining companies to set aside 20 per cent of their annual turnover — which amounts to Rs 30,000 crore — for rehabilitation and rejuvenation (R&R) works in the three mining districts of Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur.

According to the earlier proposal, the mining firms, which were to start fresh operations in the three districts were supposed to earmark Rs 10,428 crore — or 10 per cent of their annual turnover, for the purpose. The CEC had suggested taking up R&R measures after conducting a survey of mining areas and the districts affected by mining.

Bellary Deputy Commissioner Aditya Amlan Biswas told Deccan Herald that on a suggestion from the CEC, the district administration submitted the revised proposal to the CEC. The CEC would draw the attention of the Supreme Court to the revised proposal during a hearing on November 30, he added.

In case the Apex Court accepts the proposal, the money to be collected would be utilised for the development of hundreds of villages in 11 taluks in Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur districts. “Once the approval is accorded for the revised proposal, a detailed plan would be charted out and the work would commence in four months,” he said.

As of now, it has been planned to use the money for addressing the health, education, drinking water, infrastructure and transport needs of these mining-ravaged districts.

Forestation and environment protection activities will also be taken up, Biswas said.
Utilising these funds, the Bellary district administration would take up silt removal work in the River Tungabhadra and Narihalla and Daroji tanks in the district. Plans are also on to take up groundwater recharging in the district, he added.

A meeting of the people from the affected villages of the district was held here in September last and their views were elicited on the proposed R&R measures. Institute of Wood Science and Technology Director S C Joshi, who is a member of Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education had chaired the meeting.

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