Tumkur may beat Bellary in illegal mining: CEC

Since illegal mining had been on without a break, there is a possibility of recommending a resurvey, sources said.

The CEC found mining activity even after the expiry of the lease in Red Hills area of Chikkanayakanahalli. The company was found extracting and transporting ore, even though the lease period expired in 2004.

The name of the village where mining was on and the survey number of the land have been wrongly mentioned in the mining licence given to the company.

As many as 5,600 tonnes of ore had been mined illegally and the company had been fined for this, CEC chairperson P V Jayakrishnan was told by the officers. Not convinced, the CEC questioned the firm owner, who admitted to have transported 8,000 tonnes of ore.

But Mines and Geology Department officials made a spot estimation of the ore transported at 23,000 tonnes. Many companies were also found to have encroached forest land.

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