Odisha Govt to collect initial amount of Rs 17, 000 crore from mine owners over illegal mining

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Govt to collect initial amount of Rs 17, 000 crore from mine owners over illegal mining. This was informed by the Chief Secretary AP Padhi.

The State Government, at a meeting to decide the quantum of penalty to be levied on the mine owners who extracted ores illegally, on Tuesday decided to collect Rs 17, 000 crore fine as per the Supreme Court’s Empowered Committee estimates and, accordingly, notices would be issued in 10 days.

In the meeting, presided over by Chief Secretary AP Padhi, the Government also decided to slap Rs 2,000 crore fine for environmental violation, but notices for this would be issued later.

Besides, Forest Act violation fine is also under assessment and the amount would be fixed soon, sources said.

State Govt to collect Rs 17,000 cr Later, briefing reporters, Padhi said, “As per the Para 156 of the judgement of the Supreme Court, we’ve to adopt the basis of calculation made by the CEC. The initial amount of Rs 17,500 crore figured in the order will be collected.”

He said, “Besides, the Supreme Court has also ruled that illegal mining beyond the environmental clearance, Mining Plan and consent to operate accorded by Odisha State Pollution Control Board is also to be calculated.”

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