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An all-party fact-finding committee has ruled out any illegality in the operations of the Obulapuram Mining Company. 

In a dampener to the Telugu Desam Party which is campaigning against Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, an all-party fact-finding committee has ruled out any illegality in the operations of the Obulapuram Mining Company.

The company is owned by Karnataka MLA Gali Janardhan Reddy. The committee members except a TDP MLA, decided against a second visit to the mines on Monday. This has driven  the TDP to drop out of the committee and rest of the tour. The committee, comprising 13 MLAs and MLCs of all parties, was shown around the mines in Anantapur district on Sunday by OMC Chairman Janardhan Reddy. Geology and Mines Director Rajagopal, local revenue and forest officials were present. The team was shown the relevant files, containing details  of the clearance granted and other documents.

Both Reddy and Rajagopal answered questions of the visiting team. CPM MLA Nomula Narasimhaiah said there was nothing illegal in the records of the mining company.

 
‘No illegal activity’
Other MLAs too concurred and said they did not come cross any illegal activity at the site. The Nagam Janardhan Reddy (TDP) differed and demanded to see more files to clear his doubts. He alleged, though the company had been permitted to carry on mining in a particular area, it was also carrying out the activity in two other areas, without permission. He added that the OMC was carrying out operations on nearly 100 hectares, instead of limiting it to only 6.5 hectares, as stipulated by the Indian Bureau of Mines.

He demanded 24 documents from the OMC authorities and officials to further study the issue.

The fact-finding committee is scheduled to probe other controversial projects that have been sanctioned in Anantapur and Cuddapah districts. These include sites allotted to Trishul Cements, Brahmani Steel Plant and Raghuram Cements. The TDP had alleged that the government was overlooking the illegal mining carried out by OMC, as the promoter was a close friend of the chief minister.

The government and OMC agreed to a visit by an all-party delegation. The TDP had alleged that OMC had destroyed the ancient Sunkulamma temple, situated on one of the hillocks. Officials insisted that the temple, said to have been built in 1890, was not on records of either revenue or forest departments.

They maintained that in 1960, a small temple had been built  by one Rammohan Reddy, who had obtained the land on lease. This was later demolished with permission of the local people. The promoter, Janardhan Reddy, told the team that the TDP had taken up the issue only after Brahmani Steels was set up in Cuddapah, the chief minister’s home district. He said the issue had been raised to malign the latter.

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