Bhubaneswar, India: As a part of its endeavour to rein in illegal mining operations, the Orissa State Steel & Mines Department in India has prepared satellite mining maps of 34 mine lease areas in mineral rich Keonjhar district. The department is also through with the process of field verification of these mining leases.
GPS is being used for mapping of the different mining areas in the state. The survey of the mining areas is taken up by the concerned officials of the department of steel and mines as well as geology. Besides, it has been decided to draw the boundaries of all the mining lease areas to ensure that a lessee could not encroach the lease areas of other player.
The mining maps and the digital records of the mining areas will enable the state steel and mines department to know if a miner is illegally carrying out mining operations on forest land without the clearance of the ministry of environment and forests.
Source: Business Standard