SC okays plan for laying railways sidings, sub-lines in Ballari, C'durga

SC okays plan for laying railways sidings, sub-lines in Ballari, C'durga

The Supreme Court has approved laying of Railway sidings, sub-lines as recommended by the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) in the mining-rich Ballari and Chitradurga districts.

A three-judge bench presided over by Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed the Karnataka Mining Environment Restoration Corporation to submit a detailed project report and details of the budgetary and other financial allocations for the works as per the report of the court-appointed CEC of October 25.

The court directed for the release of Rs 10 crore by the monitoring committee as initial amount for the purpose.

The bench, also comprising Justices Abhay Manohar Sapre and Naveen Sinha, fixed for consideration on January 23, 2018, a plea by mining lease holders to discontinue with the contribution made by them for the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) towards Comprehensive Environment Plan for the Mining Impact Zone (CEPMIZ).

The Federation of Indian Minerals Industries (FIMI) South had filed a plea in the court in this regard, stating that the funds available with the SPV were more than sufficient to take care of the implementation of CEPMIZ.

In a related development, the court refused a plea by a lease-holder to carry out mining activities on 5.04 acres of common area with co-miner Mysore Minerals Limited. It accepted a suggestion made by senior advocate Shyam Divan, acting as amicus curiae, that the common area should be declared as "no-mining area" till the time the boundary of mining lease is redrawn after expiry of the current lease.

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