SC approval sought for devpt of mining-affected areas

Supreme Court

The Karnataka government has sought approval from the Supreme Court for socio-economic and development plan for Rs 17,156 crore and road infrastructure for Rs 2,559 crore in the mineral rich areas of Ballari, Chitradurga and Tumakuru districts under the Comprehensive Environmental Plan for Mining Impact Zone (CEPMIZ).

Besides, it has sought approval for proposals under the Railways backbone to cost around Rs 5,271 crore.

It has also sought a permission for transfer of the funds by the monitoring committee to M/s Karnataka Mining Environment Restoration Corporation (KMERC) for implementation of the Comprehensive Environmental Plan for Mining Impact Zone.

The state government, through an application in the pending PIL filed by NGO Samaj Parivartana Samudaya, contended that the continuation of contribution to special purpose vehicle (SPV) created in the form of KMERC was required to implement the Comprehensive Environmental Plan for Mining Impact Zone effectively.

It submitted that an amount of Rs 12,175 crore is available in the SPV at present. However, the state government pointed out that Rs 24,996 crore is required for implementation of the plan for over the next ten years in the larger reclamation and restoration process necessitated following a large scale damage caused to the environment due to illegal mining.

It also said the state will also propose to have an empowered committee, headed by the chief secretary, to approve annual plan of works within the overall sectoral outlay of funds provided in the CEPMIZ and also for taking decision for any changes that may be required on account of practical difficulties.

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