MINES



 The Department of Geology and Mining comes under the Industries Department.

1.   The Principal Secretary to Government, Industries Department, Chennai – is the appointing       authority.

2.   The Commissioner of Geology and Mining, Chennai – is the head of the department.

      In Kanniyakumari District, major minerals like Garnet, Ilmenite, Rutile, Zircon are occurred in the sea coastal areas. Apart from major minerals, the minor minerals like Rough stone, Brick Earth, Gravel are noticed.

      The District Collector has vested with powers for the grant of licence for minor minerals like Rough Stone, Brick Earth and Gravel in patta lands as per Rule 19 of TNMMCR 1959. The minor minerals noticed in poromboke lands are leased out through tender cum auction system.

     With regard to major minerals, in patta lands powers vested with Commissioner of Geology and Mining for the grant of mining leases. In poromboke lands power is vested with Government.

     In Kanniyakumari District, at present 32 Rough stone quarry leases are in existence and out of 32 Rough Stone quarry leases, 4 quarries are not in operation and 1 quarry lease had been cancelled and in total at present only 27 rough stone quarries are in operation.

Name of the taluk

Total number of existing quarries as on date

Total number of non operative quarries

Quarry cancelled

Total number of quarries functioning as on date (32-5)

Agasteeshwaram

4

 

 

4

Kalkulam

13

1

 

12

Thovalai

1

 

 

1

Vilavancode

14

3

1

10

Total

32

4

1

27

 

     Further in Kanniyakumari District, at present no Earth/Gravel quarries are in under operation. In Kanniyakumari District no Government sand quarries are functioning.

Details of Minor Mineral,Stone,Gravel,Brick Kiln & Sand Stock Yard in Kanyakumari District

    With regard to major minerals 6 mining leases had been granted to private companies and 3 mining leases have been granted to Tvl.Indian Rare Earths Limited, Manavalakurichi. The details of mining leases granted to private companies and to Tvl.Indian Rare Earths limited, Manavalakurichi are as follows.

LIST OF MAJOR MINERAL LEASES

Name of the Mineral : Beach Mineral Sand

Tvl.IREL, Manavalakurichi

Registered office : Sharbanoo, 6th floor, Maharshi Karve Road, Mumbai,

 

LIST OF MINOR MINERAL QUARRY LEASES (Rough Stone / Jelly)

V.V.MINERALS LEASE PARTICULARS

 

1.   Total revenue collected from Mines and Minerals for the year 2012-2013 is Rs.14,95,93,871.  

2.   548 vehicles indulged in unauthorized transportation of minerals had been seized during the year 2012-2013.

3.   An amount of Rs.99,80,745 had been collected as penalty from the offenders during the year 2012-2013.