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Bellary, July 15 The much-awaited joint survey of mining areas bordering Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, as directed by the Karnataka High Court, will be held on Thursday.

Mr B.P. Sinha, Controller of Mines (South Zone), Bangalore, has issued notices to all the departments concerned including the Department of Mines and Geology and Forests of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and also to the Survey of India, to depute their surveyors to undertake the survey work.

Boundary demarcation

The joint survey assumes significance as it would help restore the State boundaries that are alleged to have been encroached by Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) having mining lease in Andhra Pradesh, owned by a Karnataka Minister, Mr G. Janardhan Reddy, Mr G. Karunakar Reddy and Mr B. Sriramulu.

In a writ petition (WP 30830 of 2008), Mr T. Narayan Reddy, a mine owner having mining lease in Tumti village in Sandur taluk of Bellary district, accused OMC (ninth respondent) of encroaching into the area, leased out to him by the Karnataka Government, by destroying the boundary pillars, which demarcates the boundaries of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka States

After considering the submissions made by all the parties, Mr Justice V.S. Sabahit, Karnataka High Court Judge, had directed the Regional Director of Mines, Indian Bureau of Mines, Bangalore; the Director-General of Survey of India, Dehra Dun; and the Controller of Mines, Goa and Bangalore, South Zone, to depute officers not below the rank of Deputy Director of the respective departments to hold a survey of the impugned area leased out the petitioner as well as the ninth respondent in the writ petition 30830 of 2008, which are governed under the respective leases.

This should be done after giving due notice to the writ petitioner and also to the ninth respondent, against whom specific allegations are made and also after giving notice to the Survey, Mines and Geology and the Forest Department of the Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and file a detailed report to this court by June 8.

Both the petitioner and the ninth and tenth respondents (OMC and Mr G. Janardhan Reddy, Minister for Tourism) were at liberty to place all the relevant records before the survey, Mines and Geology and Forest department, relied upon by them, including the Lokayukta report, the order said.

Mr Sinha has also issued notices to the petitioner, OMC and Mr Reddy to depute their authorised surveyor during the inspection/survey of the leased out area and also be present during the survey work.

Mr Tapal Ganesh, son of Mr T. Narayan Reddy, told newspersons here today that he would be producing all relevant records at the time of survey to prove the extent of his mining area being encroached by OMC. According to him, large-scale illegal mining was going on that area unabated and hoped that the survey would also bring to light the extent of ore had been extracted from the area belonging to the State.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated July 16, 2009)
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