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CBI team inspects Gali mines

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Fails to trace original stones demarcating the boundaries


Survey to continue till June 4; iron ore samples sent to lab for assessing quality, value

The CBI and Survey of India team will submit a detailed report to the Supreme Court


—Photo: R.V.S. Prasad

Leaving no stone unturned:A six-member CBI team surveying the Obulapuram Mines in Anantapur district on Tuesday.

Anantapur: The CBI and the Survey of India team engaged in resurveying the Anthar Gangamma Konda iron ore mines leased to the Karnataka Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy could not trace the original stones demarcating the boundaries even after its third day of survey operations on Tuesday.

The survey team is headed by CBI DSP R.M. Khan and Survey of India State official Bhaskar. The State government had leased about 68.50 hectares of mining land on the inter-State border to Mr. Gali Janardhan Reddy's mining firm Obulapuram Mining Corporation.

The Supreme Court had in the past directed the CBI to extensively tour the mining area and study the inter-State borders and identify the demarcation stones. Subsequently, the CBI and Survey of India (SOI) undertook a study in the inter-State borders in April but failed to identify the demarcation stones despite using satellite images.

The team has again undertaken a study in the mining areas of Anthar Gangamma Konda, Malapanagudi in D. Hirehalmandal on Monday and Tuesday as well. It also toured Vitalapauram, Tumiti,Metriki, Basapuram and other villages on the Karnataka side.

Samples of iron ore extracted from Anthar Gangamma Konda were sent to the laboratory for studying the quality of iron ore and assessing the value of extracted ore. The survey would continue till June 4 and a report will be submitted to the Supreme Court.

The Team is also studying the extent of mining lands leased, quantum of ore extracted and would also assess the extent of illegal operations if any and the same would reflect in their report to the Supreme Court. Among those who participated in the survey included Forest official Tirupal Reddy, Kalyandurg Ranger Narayanaswamy Naidu, DRO Venkateshwarlu and several other officials from both the States.

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