MURUGESH NIRANI SAYS GOVT WILL USE NEW TECHNOLOGY TO SURVEY MINERAL RESERVES IN KARNATAKA
MINISTER NIRANI WARNS OF TOUGH ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL HOARDERS OF EXPLOSIVES
• Govt to adopt new technology to survey mineral reserves
• Govt to enact a new law on usage of explosives
• Nirani warns of stern action against accused responsible for balst
• Minister warns of tough action against hoarders of explosives
• Nirani terms Delhi visit personal, denies meeting national leaders
Mangaluru, February 24: Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh R Nirani on Wednesday said government is considering adopting a new technology to survey and preserve the mineral reserves in Karnataka. The minister made the statement after holding a meeting with the officials of Mines & Geology department at travellers’ bungalow here.
Addressing the media personnel after the meeting, Nirani said new technology would be used in the coming days. “The previous governments used the old technology to survey mineral reserves in the state. We will use the latest technology to conduct survey and this will help get accurate information. Karnataka has rich natural resources compared to other states. Our department has initiated steps to conduct survey in a scientific manner”, Nirani stated.
Reacting on Tuesday’s tragedy, the minister said the accused will be punished as per the law and tough measures will be taken regarding supply of gelatin. “Government is planning to enact a new law allowing only licence-holders to use explosive items. A decision will be taken after discussion with Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa”, Nirani added.
Murugesh Nirani warned of stern action against those supplying and storing gelatin sticks illegally. He said officials have been instructed to find illegal hoarding of explosive items in stone quarries. The Shivamogga Deputy Commissioner took action after the blast in Hunasodu. The blast at Chikkaballapura occurred during transportation of illegally hoarded gelatin sticks from one place to another fearing raid. The gelatin sticks were hoarded before the Shivamogga blast. The minister said he would not like to divulge further information as the CID probe is underway.
Promising to bring the culprits to book, Murugesh Nirani said those involved in the case will not be spared. “Blast at Hirenagavalli in Chikkaballapura was very unfortunate. There is no question of shielding anyone involved in the case. The culprits will be punished as per the law. Government will not tolerate illegal activities and the guilty must pay the price for playing with the lives of innocent people. We will take the action based on the probe report” Nirani warned.
Clarifying his visit to the national capital, the minister said he was not summoned by national leaders. “I visited Delhi due to personal and my department related work. I did not meet any national leader during my visit” Nirani clarified.