CHAPTER X (MINERAL CONCESSION RULES, 1960)

72. Payment of compensation to owner of surface rights etc. -

  1. The holder of a reconnaissance permit or prospecting licence or mining lease shall be liable to pay to the occupier of the surface of the land over which he holds the reconnaissance permit or prospecting licence or mining lease as the case may be, such annual compensation as may be determined by an officer appointed by the State Government by notification in this behalf in the manner provided in sub-rules (2) to (4).
  2. In the case of agricultural land, the amount of annual compensation shall be worked out on the basis of the average annual net income from the cultivation of similar land for the previous three years.
  3. In the case of non-agricultural land, the amount of annual compensation shall be worked out on the basis of average annual letting value of similar land for the previous three years.
  4. The annual compensation referred to in sub-rule (1) shall be payable on or before such date as may be specified by the State Government in this behalf.

73. Assessment of compensation for damage. -

  1. After the termination of a reconnaissance permit or a prospecting licence or a mining lease, the State Government shall assess the damage, if any, done to the land by the reconnaissance or prospecting or mining operations and shall determine the amount of compensation payable by the permit holder or licensee or the lessee as the case may be to the occupier of the surface land
  2. Every such assessment shall be made within a period of one year from the date of termination of the reconnaissance permit or prospecting licence or mining lease and shall be carried out by an officer appointed by the State Government by notification in this behalf.

74. Issue of notification where prospecting operations are to be undertaken by the Geological Survey of India etc.

  1. Where a prospecting operation is to be undertaken by the Geological Survey of India, the Indian Bureau of Mines, the Atomic Minerals Division of the Department of Atomic Energy of the Central Government, the Directorate of Mining and Geology of any State Government (by whatever name called), or the Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited, the State Government shall issue a notification in the official Gazette giving details of the area, and the period for which prospecting operations are to be undertaken.
  2. The State Government shall not grant any prospecting licence or mining lease to any other person for an area or a part thereof in relation to which a notification has been issued under sub-rule (1).
  3. The State Government may revoke a notification issued under sub-rule (1), if the prospecting operations have been completed before the expiry of the period stated in the notification.

75. Prospecting or mining operation by State Governments. - Where a State Government proposes to undertake prospecting or mining operations of any mineral, it shall issue a notification in the official Gazette giving details of the area and the period for which such operations are proposed to be undertaken.
Provided that if the State Government fails to undertake prospecting or mining operation within the period mentioned in the notification, the notification so issued shall lapse at the expiry of the said period unless the period is extended by a fresh notification.