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Committee will meet members of 25 mining firms today

Wants State to grant renewal in respect of remaining 18 leases

Decision to benefit Tata Steel, SAIL and OMC

With a vast series of mines remaining sealed in Odisha due to miss of orthodox clearances, both the state and the union government on Monday resolved to make mining activities in Odisha a legitima

In a major shot in the arm for Odisha's beleaguered mining industry, senior officials of the state and Centre have decided to take coordinated steps to reopen 131 mines that were shut down for want

All the 12 gram sabhas held in July-August last year had unanimously expressed opposition to the mining operation in the hills

Billionaire NRI Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Resources has made it clear that it will not look at mining bauxite from the Niyamgiri hills to feed its Rs 5,000 crore Lanjigarh alumina refinery in Odisha until it gets approval from the local community.

The top court has held that automatic renewals of mining leases, after first renewal period of 20 years is illegal

It was never uneasy for them to challenge the Odisha government order in a court regarding reservation of minerals for local industries or to duck a government request for online auction of minerals under a single platform.

In Keonjhar district, 21 lessees including top miners like SAIL, Facor and state-run Odisha Mining Corporation are in the defaulters' list

Ruling out any laxity for mine lessees for flouting Environment (Protection) Act- 1986, the state forest & environment department has asked the Keonjhar collector to file prosecution immediately against them.

The state-run miner had received stage one forest nod in January this year, amid a series of clearances expedited by new MoEF minister M Veerappa Moily

Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) is hopeful of Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) granting the final forest clearance for its largest iron ore mine at Daitari by the end of March or in first week of April, enabling it to expand production from 0.6 million tonne to 3 million tonne a year.

SAIL has not paid NPV for forest land coming within its Harmath iron and manganese mines under Keonjhar division

The Union ministry of environment & forests (MoEF) has sought lease wise details of the net present value (NPV) realised from the miners for diversion of forest land in Odisha.