Prabhakar Rao visited Hiremagi, Ameenagad, Ihole, Mullur, Ramathala, Huvinahalli and Sulebavi. He collected detailed information from the locals about illegal mining activities going on in the farm lands in the taluk.
Speaking to media representatives later, he said, obviously rampant illegal mining activities are going on in the district.
“All across Hunagund taluk farm lands are acquired from farmers for meagre amount and illegal mining activities are undertaken. After we identify who are involved in this , a report will be submitted to the Central government,” he said.
He also expressed that the mining activities are having causing harm to the adjacent farm lands.
Prabhakar Rao said he was on a three-day visit to the district following a complaint by an activist organisation. After detailed survey he would prepare a report and submit the same to the Central government.
B M Patil of Rakshana Vedike told Deccan Herald that a complaint was lodged with the Central government regarding the illegal mining in the district, as “ repeated complaints to the chief minister, State Mines and Geology Department yielded no action.” Prabhakar Rao has not yet met State Mines and Geology Department deputy director Siddananjaiah.