Mining over the limit
The showcause and demand notices to companies such as Tata Steel, Essel Mining, Rungtas and Indrani Patnaik for extracting iron ore and manganese beyond the permissible limit set by the authorities came almost three years after the mining scam had broken out in the state. Incidentally, the order came when members of the Justice M B Shah Commission, now probing the scam, were touring the state for the third time in less than a year.
State mines secretary Rajesh Verma said the companies have been been issued notices under Section 21(5) of the MMDR Act for crossing the limit set by the Indian Bureau of Mines, the Orissa Pollution Control Board and other regulatory bodies. Section 21(5) of the MMDR Act says, “Whenever any person raises, without any lawful authority, any mineral from any land, the state government may recover from such person the mineral so raised, or, where such mineral has already been disposed of, the price thereof, and may also recover from such person, rent, royalty or tax... for the period during which the