Kolkata, India: India’s Mines Ministry mandated advisory firm Ernst & Young (E&Y) to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) for an on-line computerised Mining Tenement System (MTS), to bring the functions of the directorates of mining and geology (DMGs) of 11 provinces, the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and the ministry, onto a single web-enabled platform with database server.
The DPR would cover the whole process of grant of concessions including reconnaissance permits, prospecting licences and mining leases for better administration of mineral resources in the country. The MTS would have GIS database with geospatial data as well as registry component database with attribute data. The GIS component will be based on village cadastral map on 1:4000 scales and the registry component database on appropriate database platform.
It was also proposed that the online MTS would display details of application under process, ownership and details of area granted, mineral worked, period of the concession, taxes, compliance of rules and regulations, area available for grant of concession, quality and quantity of the ore deposit, area relinquished after reconnaissance or prospecting operations, details of infrastructure, land details with ownership status.
The proposed system would also be the single platform for submission of applications for grant of mining tenements online, submission of fees online and also facilitate filing of various statutory return and processing them on-line.
The MTS would cover mineral rich provinces of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
Source: Mining Weekly