Closure notice issued to 7 mine leaseholders in Odisha following failure to pay penalty

Bhubaneswar: Closure notice issued to 7 mine leaseholders following their failure to pay penalty by Dec 31, 2017; Odisha govt to submit status report in SC in next 2 to 3 days. This was informed by the Mines director Deepak Mohanty.

Even though the Supreme Court had set December 31, 2017 as the deadline for collection of illegal mining fines, the State Government has so far collected only about Rs 8,062 crore against the targeted amount of Rs 17,576.17 crore.

The Government collected the amount from mining leaseholders’ as compensation towards illegally extracted iron and manganese ore between 2000-01 and 2010-11.

Earlier, the Central Empowered Committee (CEC), appointed by the the Supreme Court to probe illegal mining in Odisha, had calculated the figure for excess mining beyond the limits approved under (EC) at Rs 17,576.17 crore.

The exact amount paid by the leaseholders can be known on January 1 as the final figure would take some time to reconcile in the account”, said a senior official in the Steel and Mines Department.

The mining majors who have paid compensation include State PSU, Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), Tata Steel, Rungta, Jindal Steel and Power Limited, Indrani Patnaik, Kaypee Enterprises, Aryan Mining and Trading Corporation and Tarini Minerals and K N Ram.

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