Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government has collected Rs 653 crore towards fine from violators for illegal mining in the last three years. After Madhya Pradesh, AP tops the country in launching the crackdown against illegal mining.
Stating this, Union coal minister Pralhad Joshi said in Lok Sabha on Friday that Rs 4,028-crore fine was realised by all states from illegal miners. The Indian Bureau of Mines maintains the data on illegal mining. The alleged illegal mining takes place in iron ore, granite, quartz and barytes mines.
“There is no proposal with the government to change the definition of illegal mining under the Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act. However, there is a proposal to bring legislative amendments in the MMDR Act,” the minister said.
Clarity on application of the provisions is lacking as currently there is no differentiation between illegal mining done outside a leasehold area and mining in violation of various clearances and approvals inside a mining lease area, he explained.
The CBI had issued an FIR against illegal mining in Palnadu region. CBI booked the case against 17 accused, who were already named in FIRs issued by Guntur district police.
The alleged illegal mining of limestone took place in Konanki village of Piduguralla and Kesanupalli and Nadikudi in Dachepalli mandals in Guntur district.