The government said on Monday states have detected a total of 25,519 illegal mining cases with fines worth R622 crore realised till June of the current fiscal. Both the maximum number of illegal mining cases detected and fines recovered are from Maharashtra at 7,721 and R131.43 crore, respectively, mines minister Dinsha Patel said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. He quoted figures from Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) that gets reports of the mining details from the states. The second highest number of such cases was found in Andhra Pradesh, where 5,227 illegal mining cases were detected and fines worth R93.04 crore were received. “Since the state governments deal with cases of illegal mining, therefore, specific details are not centrally maintained in the ministry,” Patel said. No illegal mining cases could be found in states like Goa and Jharkhand till June of the current fiscal.
CIL submits preliminary plan to develop 119 mines
The government today said Coal India (CIL) has submitted an initial perspective plan for developing 119 mines allocated to the PSU firm. “The ministry of coal in May 2012 has tentatively assigned 116 coal blocks to CIL. Further, three coal blocks viz Brahmini, Chichro Pastimal and East of Damogoria from the deallocated coal blocks have been assigned to CIL for undertaking mining. “Coal India (CIL) has submitted a preliminary perspective plan for development of above mines,” minister of state for coal Pratik Prakashbapu Patil said in a written reply to
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