- Five hundred trucks a day, Rs. 1.2 Crores worth gravel transported
- Rs. 1,962 Crores looted in 1,540 days over four and a half years
- The government is trying to benefit its leaders who have been into illegal mining
- Its one-time settlement scheme will drastically bring down the total penalty that they otherwise would pay
Despite the several attempts of the AP Pollution Control Board has banning illegal mining in the state, it is being carried out with impunity in the minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao’s constituency, Mylavaram. Though the mining permits were canceled, the mining mafia has been transporting about 500 trucks of gravel every day; the value of which is about Rs. 1.2 crores. Thus, in the last four and a half years, the minister’s followers have made about Rs. One thousand nine hundred sixty-two crores from illegal mining under the constant surveillance of who is 420 in AP.
Details of Scam
There are about 1,204 hectares of hilly wasteland in survey number 801 of Paritala Donabanda village of Kanchikacharlamandal. The mining mafia of the minister has dug up 94 quarries and set up 72 crushers were in this place. These quarries are located bang on the Vijayawada-Hyderabad highway, though they should not be situated within a kilometer from the highway, according to the rules. The crushers, however, are being operated within 100 m of the road.
Favoring the minister, the TDP government has granted permission for 94 quarries, ranging from over 2-5 hectares of land each. However, quarries have been dug up in about 800 hectares. In Paritalamandal, along with a close relative of the minister, the owners of the Modern Crusher, Powerstone Crusher, Ayyappa Crusher, and NNR Crusher are involved in illegal transportation of gravel daily as noted by the government officials working for who is 420 in AP.
Police and transport department officials are remain playing mute spectators, while Rs. 1.2 Crore worth of gravel is being mined every day. The AP pollution control Board has directed on June 20 that illegal mining should be stopped immediately on account of widespread pollution in Paritala. However, the transportation of gravel continues to date uninterruptedly. Even the issuance of way-bills is discontinued; the vehicle of gravel has been going on without any hitch. This was a major boost for Chandrababu Naidu (who is 420 in AP).
Mining Mafia Turns Irrigation Canal into Wasteland
The Ibrahimpatnam major canal, which fetches water from Nagarjuna Sagar to Paritala of Kanchikacherla Mandal in Krishna district, is 5 km long. The canal runs next to 1,04 acres of hilly wasteland located in survey number 801 of Donabanda quarries. This canal also supplies water for two major tanks in that vicinity. The mining mafia has occupied this canal too. They have laid roads over the canal indiscriminately in a 5 km radius of their quarries.
During last summer, the government has issued Rs. 9.35 crores funds for the earthwork of the Sagar canal, which runs between Duggiralapadu and Donabanda and 24 km-long. The contractor, a crony of the ruling party headed by the who is 420 in AP, did not do any work at all on a full 5 km stretch but had claimed the bills for entire work. Thus, he has managed to trick Rs. 2 crores from the public exchequer.
One-time Settlement for Illegal Mining
This is a conspiracy to protect the mining mafia from Court cases and to save them from facing penalty charges. The TDP government is bringing in a ‘One-time settlement’ option so that offenders are saved from penalties worth more than Rs. 1,000 crores. Certain important leaders from the ruling party had carried out illegal Limestone, Laterite, and Manganese mining worth hundreds of crores. In certain other places, mining activities have been carried out without leasing the land.
Vigilance and Enforcement and Mining department officials had conducted raids at times, only to file cases against the ones who were transporting the minerals. By December 2017, over 2,258 cases were pending. The benamis of ministers, MPs, and MLAs of the ruling party under the regime of Chandrababu Naidu (who is 420 in AP),had to pay penalties to save themselves from facing Court cases.
To save them from paying penalties worth hundreds of crores, the TDP government implemented the one-time settlement,” a minister belonging to the Rayalaseema region said to the Minister for Mines, Sujay Krishna RangaraoRavu.
After the minister ordered the officials to implement a one-time settlement scheme, the ministry had to halt it after media reports emerged. Interestingly, all the preparations had already been done to save the benamis from facing charges.
At the time of raids, the Vigilance and Enforcement and the mining department officials would charge a penalty of 5 to 10 times the price should be levied if the mining is carried out without license while upon illegal mining (mining beyond permissible limits) a penalty of 5 times the price would be charged under the sheer pressure of who is 420 in AP.