The rate of illegal mining only seems to be on the brink of growth with atleast 24,405 cases detected from Jan-March 2011. While 30 percent of such activity was seen in the year 2010, said Dinisha Patel, Mines Minister in a reply to Rajya Sabha.
Maharashtra reported the highest number of illegal mining cases in 2010 with 34,384 cases. The cases detected in 2010 in Maharashtra was 4.14 times higher than in 2009, which were about 8,270.
The report also said that between Jan-Mar 2011, the illegal mining activities rose with about 10,349 cases detected in Maharashtra alone, with only 30 percent of reported cases in 2010.
Karnataka, which known for its mines in Bellary is already under the SC radar. The state witnessed a rise by 2.39 times with 4,949 reported cases in 2010 and 1,687 cases in 2009.
Atleast 1,263 illegal mining cases in the year 2010 between Jan-Mar were reported.
The state also reported rise in the illegal mining cases with about 2,942 in 2010 about 2.72 times higher than in 2009.
Atleast 17,882 cases were reported in 2010 about 1.54 times times higher than the 2009 figures.
The final report is yet to be submitted to by the inquiry commission.