MINERAL CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT RULES, 1988

As ammended upto 18.01.2000
New Delhi, the 24th October, 1988
CHAPTER X
Miscellaneous

59. Preservation of cores, etc.:

The owner, agent, mining engineer, geologist or manager of every mine or the holder of a prospecting licence shall preserve intact all cores and specimens of different types of rocks and minerals obtained during drilling or sinking operations and arrange for them to be laid out in a serial order with identification marks, showing the progressive depth at which they are obtained. Such specimens shall not be broken except for the purpose of analysis and testing in which case, representative samples of the specimens so broken will be preserved for a period of not less than six months from the date of completion of drilling or sinking operations. The Controller General, by an order in writing, may require the cores or specimens of rocks and minerals obtained from specific boreholes or shafts to be preserved for any specific period or relax the provisions of this rule to such an extent as he may deem fit.

60. Facilities for undertaking research or training:

Every holder of a prospecting licence or a mining lease shall afford all reasonable facilities to persons authorised by the Controller General for the purpose of undertaking research or training in matters relating to mining or geology.

61. Submission of records/reports regarding research in geology or mining:

  1. Any person, institution or agency carrying on prospecting or mining operations related to any research in geology or mining, shall inform the Controller General and the Regional Controller, within a period of thirty days of commencement of such research related operations, indicating briefly the aspects proposed to be covered under such research together with the name and address of the person, institution, or agency carrying out such research work and the expected duration of the research related operations.
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    1. On completion of the said research work, a report describing the observations, analysis and conclusions reached as a result of the said research work shall be submitted to the Controller General within thirty days of its completion.
    2. The information so received will be kept confidential, if required. The Government will, however, be free to utilise the information for general studies, planning or policy making purpose
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  3. The provisions of sub-rules (1) and (2) shall also apply mutatis mutandis to any agency of the Central Government or State Government carrying out the research work.

62. Territorial jurisdiction of Controller of Mines/Regional Controller:

The Controller General may by a notification in the Official Gazette prescribe the limits of the territorial jurisdiction of the Controller of Mines and the Regional Controller for purposes of these rules.

63. Obligation to supply other information:

The holder of reconnaissance permit, prospecting license or mining lease, or his agent shall furnish such information regarding his reconnaissance or prospecting operations or mine or any matter connected therewith as the Controller General or the authorised officer may require by an order in writing and the information shall be furnished within such time as may be specified in the aforesaid order.

64. Provisions of these rules to be applicable to Government:

The Government or its agencies carrying out mining operations without a mining lease shall be bound by the all the provisions of these rules in the same manner as they are applicable to holders of mining leases.

65. Chief Controller of Mines etc. to exercise powers of the Regional Controller of Mines:

Any power granted under these rules to the Regional Controller of Mines may be exercised by the Controller of Mines or the Chief Controller of Mines.

66. Repeal and savings:

The Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, 1958 are hereby repealed:

Notwithstanding such repeal, anything done or any action taken, including any order made, direction given or notice issued under the Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, 1958 shall in so far as it is not inconsistent with the provisions of these rules, be deemed to have been done, taken, made, given or issued, as the case may be, within the corresponding provisions of these rules.