Mining: Survey in border areas continues

The Supreme Court has directed the apex mapping agency to conduct the survey following allegations of encroachment of forest land for mining activities. The team, which is using GPS technology and satellite imagery for the task, marked referral points for survey at Tumati and Siddapuram villages.

The team headed by  Addititional Survey General Ashok Kumar Padha, consists of Deputy Director U N Mishra, Joint Director (Mines and Geology) C L Narasimha Reddy, K N Reddy representing  Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, Anantapur Chief Conservator of Forests Padhmanabhaiah and Survey and Land Records Deputy Director Chalapathi Rao, as other members.

The team also visited the Antharagangamma Konda (AGK) Mines which belonged to the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) owned by Minister Janardhana Reddy and his brothers. The representatives of OMC were also said to be present during the survey.

Interim report

The team  will continue survey of five other mines after submitting an interim report on AGK Mines. The apex court has directed to submit the interim report before April 9.

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