Shaha Commission probing illegal mining arriving Odisha on Feb 27
Bhubaneshwar, Feb 12 : Justice M B Shaha Commission, inquiring into the illegal mining in Odisha, is arriving here in the last week of this month on a three-day visit to the state.
Mines Director Dipak Mohanty said the team, led by Justice Shaha himself, is scheduled to arrive here on February 27 and would stay in the state till March 1.
This time the lease holders would be given a chance to submit their view point and endorse the information given by the state government on forest and environment clearance for the mining. On the earlier visits of the Commission,they were not involved.
This is most probably the last visit of the Commission to the state before submitting its report to the Union government.
The state government had also requested the Commission to hear them for the last time before submitting the report.
The Union government on November 22,2011, had constituted the judicial Commission headed by Justice M B Shaha to probe the illegal mining in various states including Odisha.
The Commission had already visited the state thrice in the past during which it had conducted public hearing and made field visit to various mines to assess the fact.
The Commission had so far verified the documents of as many as 145 mines, sources said.