‘Mine Mitra’ aims to check overloading and other illegal mining practices
The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has raised revenue of Rs.400 crore from the mining business through its portal, ‘Mine Mitra‘. The amount was raised from the issuance of transit passes through Mineral Management Services provided by the portal, said an official spokesman.
The system aims to check overloading and other illegal mining practices through regular monitoring of vehicles.
Mine Mitra was developed by the state government to bring transparency into the mining business and check illegal activities as well as to provide accountable e-services to common people, farmers, lessees, and transporters.
The portal also aims to end monopolies in the mining industry, encourage legal mining and provide a level playing field for new entrepreneurs in order to bring transparency into the business and increase the state’s revenue from mining.
Under the Integrated Mining Surveillance System service of the portal, the Yogi government has done geo-fencing of 466 areas, installed PTZ cameras and weighbridge in mines in 330 areas, put RFID-based mining tags on over 80,000 heavy vehicles, and set up automated check gates of which 16 are currently operational while work is underway on seven others.
The official spokesman said, “A total of 2,16,74,654 transit passes have been provided under EMM-11, 9,22,931 under E-Farm C, and 38,87,026 under ISTP of the Mineral Management Services since 2017. Besides, online payment has been made to 506 lessees and 2154 brick kilns since July 2020.”
The portal has been developed in consultation with the Directorate of Geology & Mining and is currently providing several services such as online mineral management for lessee, stockists, and transporters, services for citizens and farmers, Integrated Mining Surveillance System, and an e-commerce platform Mineral Mart for consumers and suppliers.
Under the services for common people and farmers, the state government has disposed of 1,155 applications for stock licenses as well as issued 1,279 permits for agricultural land having mineral deposits, 435 for minerals in private land, 9,697 permits for mining on common soil, and 1,031 for buildings where minerals are discovered during construction since July 2020.
Automated mining check gates are currently operational in Fatehpur, Etawah, Baghpat, Jalaun, Mahoba, Banda, Saharanpur, Sonbhadra, and Jhansi districts.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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