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Indian iron ore mining mess - Karnataka Lok Ayukta favors complete ban

Steel News - Published on Mon, 05 Sep 2011

Iron ore exports from Karnataka can soon become a thing of the past, if the state government implements a key recommendation of the Lok Ayukta regarding a complete ban on export of the commodity.

Former Lok Ayukta Mr N Santosh Hegde in his final report on illegal mining (based on the findings of UV Singh chief conservator of forests), submitted to the state government on July 27, had strongly recommended a complete ban, considering the fast depletion of iron ore resources. Following a ban by the state government, no iron ore export has taken place from the state since July 26th 2010.

Mr Hegde in his report said that “As pointed out by the deputy director (mines and geology), Hospet, it is shocking to note that most leases will be running out of iron ore deposits having ferrous content of 60 grade in 3 to 12 years.”

It may be recalled that on April 5, the Supreme Court had ordered lifting the export ban imposed by then chief minister Mr BS Yeddyurappa, with effect from April 20. However, the state government had sought time to put in place the regulatory mechanism and additional infrastructure to monitor the movement of iron ore from the mine heads to ports.

The report said that “The unscientific and unsustainable extraction of iron ore has caused serious concerns for the existing and upcoming steel plants in the state.”

The Lok Ayukta has also recommended that per year production for all leases with a life of 15 to 20 years, shall be brought down to a quarter of the present production. While the per year production for leases having a life of 10 to 15 years shall be brought down to a fifth of the present production, the same for those having a life of 1 to 10 years shall be brought down to a tenth.

(Sourced from Indianexpress.com)

Posted By : admin on Mon, 05 Sep 2011
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