IBM to probe ‘illegal’ stacking of minerals

Bhubaneswar: Union Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today directed the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) to investigate ‘illegal stacking’ of minerals near Renjda railway siding in Koida mining circle of Sundergarh district.

The direction follows the letter from Sundergarh MP and Union Tribal Affairs minister Jual Oram in which he sought Tomar’s intervention to find out the legality of transactions of the minerals at the railway siding.

Oram in his Monday letter had mentioned that huge quantity of illegal iron ore has been kept hidden under earth near the railway siding. He stated that the locals have detected huge quantity of iron kept hidden in pits covered by soil.

Based on the villagers’ statement, Jual claimed that the illegal iron ore in shape of lumps, fines and size ores would weigh around 30,000 tonnes worth Rs 100 to 120 crore.

Meanwhile, after a preliminary inspection report by a mining team, Koida Deputy Director of Mines (DDM) in his report had concluded that nothing substantial was found.