Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to include coal sector in the enforcement network to detect mining activity outside permitted areas, a top official said.

"We have received positive results by enforcing laws and rules in iron ore and manganese mining and transportation of certain minerals. Therefore, the government has decided to extend the enforcement to coal sector too," Steel and Mines secretary Rajesh Verma said after attending State Level Task Force meeting presided over by Chief Secretary BK Patnaik.

Analysing the facts available from the mining fields, the meeting resolved that mining outside lease areas by certain mines owners often create problem and led to illegal mining activities.

In a bid to stop the practice, the Chief Secretary asked collectors of mineral bearing districts to constitute more number of enforcement squads and ensure that theses squads actually operate at field level to detect the mining activity outside the limits of leased area.

"The collectors are also directed to keep regular vigil over the operating mines with regard to their complying to various legal requirements," a senior official said.

The issues relating to regulation of transport of ores through Railways and Ports also figured in the meeting.

"It has been decided that Railway authorities will make single entry & exist system in railway sidings and will install CCTV cameras for capturing of all targeted activities in the sidings," they said.

For the purpose three railway sidings at Chandipoch, Balimela & Barsuan in Koira mining circle and four sidings at Jurudi, Barbil, Bonai,and Nayagarh in Joda mining circle have been identified.

While Railway authorities have been requested to expedite the construction of boundary wall and installation of cameras at sidings, Patnaik asked Mining Department to expedite the process of deployment of manpower in these sidings. Each siding will have 7 to 8 manpower and work round the clock.

Similarly, for regulation of transport of ore through Ports, the i3MS system of mining department has already been integrated with on line systems of Gangavoram, Vishakhpatnam, Kakinada, Dhamara and Haladia ports. Paradeep Port authorities have been asked to integrate their online system with i3MS of the department soon.

This apart, the meeting also decided that all transport agencies will be registered under mining department.

The meeting has also resolved that comprehensive policies will be framed for renewal of Mining Lease Cases taking in to account all the latest circulars, rules of environment and forest clearances.


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