After ban, state govt fast-tracked renewal of mining leases for seven mines owned by cos

The Supreme Court has permitted Vedanta group company Sesa Goa to resume iron ore mining at Chitradurg in Karnataka but capped production from the mine at about40%of its annual capacity.

vice president of Federation of India Mineral Industries (FIMI), said.

As per the SC order, Rehabilitation and Reclamation (R&R) plans have to be approved by the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) for resumption of mining. But even in mines where R&R plan has been implemented, things are not moving.

The Rajasthan government has allocated a large iron ore block at Bhilwara to RINL in a move that has been approved by the union mines ministry.