Bellary's mining magnates hogged the headlines during the recent Karnataka polls for their successful foray into politics. In Madhya Pradesh though, the script reads out in reverse.

Here, politicians have joined the gold rush and acquired vast interests in mining across the state. The consequences of this mad scramble for a piece of the mining pie have been disastrous for the environment.

Paderu (Visakhapatnam), July 14: The minister for commercial taxes, Mr Konatala Ramakrishna, said the bauxite mining would be taken up in the Agency soon after all the approvals were given by various departments of the Central government. Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Mr Ramakrishna said the clearance was in the preliminary stages and being speeded up by the State government.

Vedanta

In 1976, attracted by a rich deposit of 213 million tonnes of bauxite under a laterite soil cover of 3-4 metres in the Gandamardan hills, BALCO applied to the department of mining and geology, Orissa, for a lease of 3,584 ha. In 1981, it got permission to mine over 36 sq km. With an original investment plan of Rs 31.2 crore, BALCO began work. The initial protest was sparked by outrage

The huge bauxite deposits in Niyamgiri have led the Vedanta group to set up an alumina refinery at Lanjigarh, making the tribals apprehensive about their habitat

Vedanta's projects in Orissa have faced adverse judgement from the Supreme Court and mounting protest from the locals. Despite such handicaps Vedanata chairman Anil Agarwal claimed in Orissa after the state's Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik that the projects were progressing as per schedule.

On May 2, 1983, despite the sweltering heat and the unrelenting pressure of examinations, students of Anchal College, Padampur, pelted stones at the motorcade carrying the Union minister for mines, the chief minister of Orissa and the state's industries minister. The three were on their way to inaugurate a mining project at Gandhamardan.

Hyderabad, June 24: It's seems that Andhra Pradesh is in a treasure hunt with more than a dozen companies hunting for diamond, gold and other precious stones and metals in the state. Among the renowned companies are De Beers India, Geo Mysore, Adi Gold Mining, Deccan Gold Mining, Amil Mining, CRA, Anglo American Exploration, NMDC, Ramgadh Mining and Navarathna Minerals.

THE lush green hill tracts of the Eastern Ghats may soon be blighted by smoke belched out by two bauxite units, each worth Rs 4,000 crore. While one refinery unit with a capacity of 1.4 million tonnes per annum is being set up by JSW Alumina Limited at Boddavara village bordering Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts, the other, almost with the same capacity, is being established by the Dubai-based Ras al Khaima at Ramannapalem and Rachapalli villages in Makavarapalem mandal in Visakhapatnam district.

'MAULIK PATHAK Ahmedabad, 18 June Gujarat's Saurasthtra region seems to be turning into a hotbed of illegal bauxite exports. ' Senior officials in the Commisionerate of Geology and Mining Department fear that 10.5-11 million tonnes bauxite worth Rs 1,200 crore was illegally exported from the region in 2007-08 fiscal. On Wednesday, a team from Gandhinagar begun seizing bauxite at Okha port. "About 30,000 tonnes bauxite has been seized from the area today," said a department official. The operation is still on and this is only the tip of the iceberg, say officials.

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