Odisha government had first recommended granting of PL to Posco India in 2006 to the government of India

The field survey of iron ore mines, which was undertaken by the Odisha government on the instructions of the M B Shah commission to detect mining operation beyond leasehold area, has not revealed any major irregularities.

The government is likely to submit its report the commission in two to three days following completion of field verification at various sites in iron ore rich Keonjhar district.

The Supreme Court judgment last week directing Orissa to hold gram sabha meetings in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts over whether bauxite mining can be allowed in the Niyamgiri mountains has opene

Eight mine owners of Odisha have joined hands to invest about Rs 100 crore for local area development of two mineral rich Keonjhar and Sundargarh districts.

Miners propose to set up medical college, university in mining areas

Justice M B Shah Commission, engaged in enquiry into illegal mining in Odisha and other states, completed its hearing on Sunday. It is likely to submit final report on Odisha in May-June period before the end of its term in July this year.
On the last day of hearing, the Commission heard the submission made by the miners to develop the mineral bearing areas of the state by contributing to build necessary infrastructure such as roads, public water purification system, medical colleges and university.

Probe panel hears cases of 27 mines

The Justice MB Shah commission enquiring into illegal mining issues in Odisha on Wednesday will hear on violation of Rule-37 of Mineral Concession Rules (MCR)-1960, an exercise that remained incomplete in its last hearing. The probe panel on Tuesday heard cases of 27 mines of lessees like Rungta Mines and MGM Group on the first day of its three-day hearing in Ahmedabad.

BHUBANESWAR: The M B Shah Commission, inquiring into illegal mining in Odisha, will resume hearing at its headquarters in Ahmedabad from Tuesday, official sources said.

The commission is slated to hear views of miners having lease to extract minerals from 57 mines on various violations and the contentious rule 37 of the Mineral Concession Rules, 1960, a government source here said.

Asks state, Posco and Geomin to give written submissions by Apr 5

The Supreme Court on Thursday concluded two year long hearing on a case related to grant of mineral prospecting licence (PL) for Khandadhar iron ore mines in favour of Posco and reserved the judgment. It has directed all the parties concerned, such as the Odisha government, Posco-India and Geomin Minerals and Marketing (P) Ltd to give their written submissions by April 5.

Delay in getting physical possession of land and environment and forest clearances has put Darlipalli Super Thermal Power Plant in Sundargarh and Gajmara Power Project in Dhenkanal district of the

NTPC Ltd's Rs 11,400 crore Darlipali thermal power project in Orissa is hanging fire, with the state government continuing to drag its feet on clearances.