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Odisha acts tough includes coal sector in enforcement network

The Odisha Government has decided to include coal sector in the enforcement network to detect mining activity outside permitted areas, a top official informed recently. After analysing the facts available from the mining fields, it was decided that mining outside lease areas by certain mine owners often create problem and led to illegal mining activities.

Steel and Mines secretary, Rajesh Verma said that “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,”

In a bid to stop the practice, the chief secretary asked the collectors of mineral bearing districts to constitute more number of enforcement squads and ensure that they actually operate at field level to identify illegal the mining activity. A senior official also informed that the collectors have also been directed to keep a regular vigil over the operating mines with regard to their adherence to various legal requirements.

To further tighten their grip on illegal mining it has been decided that Railway authorities will make single entry and exist system in railway sidings and will install CCTV cameras for capturing of all targeted activities in the sidings. For the purpose three railway sidings at Chandipoch, Balimela and Barsuan in Koira mining circle and four sidings at Jurudi, Barbil, Bonai, and Nayagarh in Joda mining circle have been identified.

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