Rourkela, Nov 5 (LocalWire): Finally the district administration and other departments have taken note of the illegal mining activity going on at Bisra in forest land costing the government huge revenue loss, to the tune of Rs 50 crores.
Sundergarh Collector, Pawan Kalyan said that appropriate action would be taken once the investigation was over.
‘The enquiry will be over in a day or two and then we will take action.
I have instructed the Tehasildar of Bisra to send a detailed report.’
Answering another question, the Collector said, ‘No arrest has been made yet and we are waiting for the crime branch’s investigation report.’
The incident came to light when the crime branch’s STF team from Cuttack came to investigate the illegal mining activity.
Pratap Prasad had applied for agricultural lease on a piece of land in the Motikucha village under Bisra PS ten years back.
However, instead of using it for agricultural purpose he started exploring mining prospects in it.
The place has huge deposit of stones used especially for road construction.
So he started illegally excavating stones and supplying them to Jharkhand. He had also set up three crusher units at the spot.
The crime was unearthed when he applied for renewal of the lease mentioning agricultural purpose.
The tehasildar learnt that the land belonged to the forest department.
‘He got the lease some fifteen years back.
Three to four months back when this came to my knowledge I lodged a complaint with Bisra police station but they didn’t do anything.
I informed the forest officials but they too didn’t respond.
Former tehalisidars had also allowed him to carry on illegal mining.
I brought this to the notice of the deputy directors of mining and geology departments, but failed to get any response.
Finally when the locals complained I wrote to the crime branch at Cuttack,’ said Bisra tehasildar Dilip Pattnaik.
Finally a team of the crime branch from Cuttack came here and started investigating into the complaint from 2 November.
The team left yesterdayafter visited some areas near Jalda.
Meanwhile, forest officials visited the area and conducted an enquiry.
Range officer M Hansda, said she would look into the complaint and would file a report.