The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) conducted inspections in the mining areas bordering Tumkur district at Doddabyaladakere of Hosadurga taluk of Chitradurga district on Tuesday.

The goods train transporting ore has been at the Sasalu railway station in Holalkere taluk for one week now. Companies have stopped mining activities as a last ditch effort to avoid facing a ban in the face of the visit of the Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to the district to study the impact of mining on the environment.

Bangalore/Chitradurga : Despite clumsy efforts by some mining firms to camouflage the brown hills, laid bare through consistent exploitation, with artificial green cover, the Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee has discovered a shocking increase in production of ore and total lack of clarity on lease boundaries during its visit to Chitradugra on Sunday.

BellaryThe Bellary district administration, which had intermittently gone to sleep in the last few days despite the Supreme Court ban on mining, seems to be awake and alert now. The officials have now taken some concrete steps to check illegal transportation of iron ore, after huge quantities of it continued to leak through the borders of the dusty, mineral-rich district.

PANJIM: Suspension of mining operations in the Bellary area has forced six units from Goa to look to Chitradurga as an alternative source to import high grade iron ore, which is the raw material for these sponge and pig iron industries.

One-fourth of the country’s steel production to be impacted.

“The Supreme Court's order is limited to Bellary district. However, iron ore mined in Chitradurga and Tumkur districts is also transported through the district.

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After Bellary, Tumkur district has emerged as a hotbed of rampant illegal mining activities in the State.

Supreme Court order dated 29/07/2011 in SLP (Civil) Nos. 7366-7367/2010 Govt of A.P. & Ors versus M/S Obulampuram Mining Co & Ors.