Report filed by a Joint Committee on mining of heavy minerals carried out by IREL, Kollam, Kerala, 02/11/2019

Report filed by a Joint Committee constituted in original application no. 76/2019 in the matter of State of Kerala & Others. The sixty seven page report was uploaded on February 24, 2020.

The issue relates to illegal mining of heavy minerals carried out by M/s. Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) and M/s Kerala Minerals & Metals Limited (KMML) along the coastal area of Alappad and Chavara in Kollam district, Kerala.

The report also contains the minutes of the meeting that the Chairman of Kerala State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) had convened on August 2019 with various stake holders concerned with the mining of heavy minerals from the Chavara coastal area and with technical experts in this field. The discussions were intended to sort out the problems in recovering mineral resource without causing further environmental damage. In the meeting it was decided to make plans and proposals to mine offshore minerals and rebuild the beach using the reject sand.