MINERAL CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT RULES, 1988 CHAPTER II

As ammended upto 18.01.2000
New Delhi, the 24th October, 1988
Prospecting Operations

4. Scheme of prospecting:

  1. Every holder of a prospecting licence shall submit to the Controller General and the Regional Controller or the authorised officer within a period of 60 days from the date of execution of the prospecting licence, a scheme of prospecting indicating the manner in which he proposes to carry out the prospecting operations, in the area covered by the licence and in particular:
    1. particulars of area;
    2. the scale of the plan and the area of geological mapping;
    3. the number of pits, trenches, and bore holes which he proposes to put in the area;
    4. the particulars of the machines to be used;
    5. the details of exploratory mining if any, proposed to be undertaken;
    6. the number of samples proposed to be drawn and analysed;
    7. the beneficiation studies proposed to be undertaken; and
    8. any other matter relevant for the preparation of scheme of prospecting, as directed by the Controller General or the authorised officer from time to time by a general or specific order.
  2. Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-rule (1) a scheme of prospecting, shall include:
    1. baseline information of prevailing environmental conditions before the beginning of prospecting operations;
    2. steps proposed to be taken for protection of environment which will include prevention and control of air and water pollution, progressive reclamation and rehabilitation of the land disturbed by the prospecting operations, a scheme for the plantation of trees, and such other measures, as may be directed from time to time by the Controller General or the authorised officer for minimising the adverse effect of prospecting operations on the environment.
  3. The prospecting scheme under sub-rule (1) shall be prepared by a recognised person or a geologist or a mining engineer employed under clause (a) of sub-rule (1) of rule 42.

5. Modification of scheme of prospecting:

  1. A prospecting scheme prepared and submitted under rule 4 may be modified at any time on geological considerations by the holder of a prospecting licence during continuance of the prospecting licence.
  2. Any modification carried out under sub-rule (1) shall be intimated to the Controller General and the Regional Controller or the authorised officer by the holder of a prospecting licence within a period of fifteen days.

6. Prospecting operation to be carried out in accordance with scheme of prospecting:

Every holder of a prospecting licence shall carry out the prospecting operations in accordance with the scheme of prospecting submitted under rule 4 or with such modifications, if any, as intimated under rule 5 or as directed by the Controller General or the authorised officer.

7. Intimation about prospecting operations:

Every holder of a prospecting licence shall send to the Controller General, Controller of Mines and Regional Controller, an intimation in Form-A of the commencement of prospecting operations so as to reach them within a period of fifteen days of such commencement.

8. Report of prospecting operations:

  1. Every holder of a prospecting licence shall submit to the Controller General, Controller of Mines and the Regional Controller:
    1. Omitted
    2. an yearly report in Form-B so as to reach them within thirty days after the expiry of twelve months from the date of execution of the prospecting licence or the expiry of the prospecting licence whichever is earlier:

    Provided that in case the prospecting operations are abandoned, the report in Form-B shall be submitted within a period of thirty days from the date of such abandonment:

    Provided further that in case the prospecting operations are continued for a period exceeding one year, the report in Form - B shall be submitted once every year and a final report in Form - B within a period of three months after the completion of the prospecting operations or the expiry of the prospecting licence, whichever is earlier.

  2. Where prospecting operations are carried out by the authorities specified in the second proviso to sub-section (1) of section 4 of the Act without a prospecting licence, such authority shall submit the annual report in Form - B to the Controller General in respect of each area where prospecting operations have been undertaken by them:

    Provided that this sub-rule shall not apply in a case where field operation consists of only geological mapping or geo-physical or geo-chemical investigations.