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Home Ministry zeroes in on illegal coal mining, theft

business Updated: May 15, 2009 21:54 IST
Anupama Airy

The Home Ministry has stepped in to check the growing menace of illegal mining and coal thefts by the mafias in mining reas leased out to companies in Jharkhand.

The ministry found that coal is being mined and transported to near by factories including hard coke plants in broad daylight by illegal mine operators.

A senior coal ministry official told the Hindustan Times that the Home Ministry has sought an explation from the nodal ministry, as well as the Jharkhand government, over the issue.

“As the issue is related to the local security, law and order problem, we have been asked by the union Home Ministry to write to the chief secretary of Jharkhand to look into the matter, which was raised by Castron Mining Ltd, which has been leased a mining area in Jharkhand,” the official said.

He said largescale illegal mining has been reported in the leasehold area of Brahmadiha Opencast Coalmine Project consisting of 105.153 hectares five areas mauzas namely Budhiadih, Bhorandiha, Biswasdih, Tikodih & Chunjka.

According to Castron Mining, at present as many as 28 illegal pits are being operated in Budiadih & Bhorandiha villages of its lease hold area.

“There is a serious danger to the life of illiterate miners as any time of the day a serious accident may occur, which is perhaps not in the mind of these illegal mine operators and Maffias,” the letter of Castron Mining said.