Earth mining | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: The local self-government bodies in Kerala will soon be entrusted with the charge of issuing permits for earth mining for construction works. At present, the land owner must get permission from the department of geology and mining.
However, houses with more than 3,000 square feet of floor area will still require permission from the department.
Industry minister P Rajeeve had stated that only luxury buildings would require permission from the geology department. The latest update would ease the process to get approval for building houses.
The application requires a plan permit, approval of the local body engineer and land development permit. The department would verify that the quantity of soil being removed is correct and suggest changes if necessary. It will then grant a permit for soil to be moved from one place to another. It will charge a royalty of Rs 20 per metric ton of soil.
The LSGD only looks at removal of soil to level the land with road while the geology department is mainly concerned over increase in risk of mudslides.