Mineral stacking: IBM team visits Renjda siding

Bhubaneswar: A team of Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) on Wednesday visited Renjda railway siding in Koida mining circle of Sundargarh to investigate into the illegal mineral stacking there.

According to sources, on October 16 Union Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had directed IBM to investigate ‘illegal stacking’ at the mining circle.

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 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.