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'Decision on investigation into Chakkittapara mining issue soon'

Decision on investigation into Chakkittapara mining issue soon

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said the government will soon decide on ordering an investigation into the previous LDF government’s decision to go in for a survey for iron ore mining in the high ranges of Kozhikode district.

He was talking to reporters at a press-brief after a cabinet meet here on Wednesday.

“The files concerning the mining issue is under the consideration of Industries department. The cabinet will consider it when it comes for consideration after assessment,” the chief minister said adding “the government will take a stand after considering its all sides.”

Creating an uncertainty in the Congress, KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala had earlier demanded a probe into the alleged irregularities in approving mining in the area.

Addressing a press conference here, Chennithala, who announced his fact-finding mission to Chakkittapara, the area surveyed for iron ore mining, said the LDF and the CPI-M should explain the circumstances leading to the decision allowing MSPL, a private company, to conduct the survey overlooking its links with the controversial Bellary brothers (Janardhana and Karunakara Reddy who own iron ore mining business in Karnataka).

Chennithala said there were several gaps in the decision-making process that needed to be cleared - whether Forest Minister Benoy Viswom had cleared the relevant files, whether the Cabinet had considered the matter, and the reason for disregarding a bid of the Central public undertaking Kudremukh Iron Ore Ltd. and selecting MSPL.

Chennithala also questioned the claims that the Centre had given sanction for the project.

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