As many as 54 mining leases in Odisha are operating under deemed extension following the expiry of their leases. The expiry period of the leases ranges from five to 25 years.

According to information given by minister for steel & mines Rajani Kant Singh in the state assembly, mine owners like Tata Steel, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL), Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), Essel Mining & Industries Ltd (EMIL), Mid East Integrated Steel Ltd, Ferro Alloys Corporation (FACOR), Rungta Sons and KJS Ahluwalia are operating their leases under deemed extension.

The CEC set up the Supreme Court submitted this interim report on its investigation into illegal mining by various entities in Goa. It includes details about the loss to the environment and the economy by way of illegal mining.

Miners also asked to explain why contiguous leases have bot been combined though Rule 38 of Mineral Concession rules 1960

The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) investigating into alleged illegal mining activities has asked mining companies operating in Goa to explain violations of rules, even as miners brace themselves for the impact of a continuing ban on mining activities in the state. “The CEC sought our views on four issues including placement of dumps outside lease boundaries, contiguous nature of some mines, transfer of leases and the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the buffer zone issue, in its meeting with the mining association members on Wednesday,” a member of the Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association (GMOEA) said.

The Shah Commission has asked Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) and Sarada Mines to submit relevant information on violation of Rule-37 of Mineral Concession Rules-1960 by November 11.

The probe panel has sought information on whether environment clearance was available for conveyor belt of Sarada Mines’ Thakurani iron ore mine lease, the quantum of ore despatched to JSPL's end-use plant at Raigharh and if ore extracted from the mine was put to any other use.

Sarada Mines has been found to sell its entire run of mine (ROM) produce to JSPL without any agreement

The Shah Commission of enquiry, mandated to probe into allegations of large scale illegal mining, has asked Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) and Sarada Mines to submit relevant information on violation of Rule-37 of Mineral Concession Rules-1960 by November 11. The probe panel has sought information on whether environment clearance was available for conveyor belt of Sarada Mines' Thakurani iron ore mine lease, the quantum of ore despatched to JSPL's end-use plant at Raigharh and if ore extracted from the mine was put to any other use.

Bhubaneswar When Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Srikant Jena described Orissa’s mining scam as bigger than those of Goa and Karnataka put together, it might have been only a figure of speech. But indication of how big it could be has come now, with a penalty demand note of Rs 68,000-odd crore sent by the Orissa steel and mines department to the holders of 103 mining leases for excess mining between 2000 and 2010.

The showcause and demand notices to companies such as Tata Steel, Essel Mining, Rungtas and Indrani Patnaik for extracting iron ore and manganese beyond the permissible limit set by the authorities came almost three years after the mining scam had broken out in the state. Incidentally, the order came when members of the Justice M B Shah Commission, now probing the scam, were touring the state for the third time in less than a year.

Nine private miners are likely to lose their mining leases in the state following a recent decision of the steel & mines department to cancel all applications for renewal of leases made between 1987 and 1994.

The department on Saturday had decided to bring such leases back to the fold of the state government against the backdrop of an ongoing probe into alleged large scale illegal mining activities in the state by the visiting M B Shah commission of enquiry.

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to prevent illegal mining, Odisha government has decided to cancel the lease of certain mines, whose renewal was due between February 1987 and September 1994 by changing some

Posco India may have to abandon its proposal for swapping of high alumina content iron ore found in the state with high grade ore from outside to meet the quality parameters of its proposed 12 million tonne greenfield steel project in Odisha.

Even the steel behemoth’s plan to swap iron ore within the country, a modified condition understood to be incorporated in the revised pact by the Odisha government may not hold ground if the latest order of the Union mines ministry is implemented.

PANJIM: Directorate of Mines and Geology on Friday issued show cause notices to 40 mining lease holders, whose delay in filing the ‘J Form’ was condoned by the former Congress government.

Interestingly, the directorate has asked lease holders to explain why action should not be initiated against them for unlawful condonation of delay, when the condonation was actually done by the government. Director of Mines and Geology Prasanna Acharya told Herald that the show cause notices were issued to owners of mining leases, who will have to reply to the notices by October 10.

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