The Central Empowered Committee has agreed to allow manganese ore mining in undivided Ballari district in Karnataka. The digging contract was for 286,000 metric ton and has now been raised to 582,000 metric ton. A private company will begin mining soon, says New Indian ExpressRecently, the Supreme Court ordered relaxation of mining in Karnataka, including undivided Ballari district. It also extended mining capacity to 3.7M metric ton, from 2.4M metric ton. But activists have demanded that officials look into operations to avoid illegal mining in Ballari and Vijayanagara districts. Our main fear is illegal mining and extraction. Officials should monitor mining activities on a regular basis, say activists.