Even as Union minister of state for chemicals and fertilisers Srikant Jena accused Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik of colluding in a mining scam that caused a loss of Rs 4 lakh crore to the st

Non-payment of dues worth Rs 680 cr may lapse acquisition process

After an expert appraisal committee (EAC) of the Union environment ministry deferred green clearance for the Rs 16,000-crore Ultra Mega Power Plant (UMPP) in Odisha, the mega power plant faces hurdle over private land acquisition. The entire process of acquisition of private land measuring 2732.56 acres runs the risk of getting lapsed for the 4000 MW plant due to non-passing of award within the statutory period.

The Justice MB Shah Commission probing the alleged mining scam in three states, today said the nature of violation varied from one to another.

Keonjhar: A team of Justice MB Shah Commission probing alleged mining scam in Odisha today made a surprise visit to four iron ore mines in Joda and Koida mining circles in Keonjhar and Sundargarh d

Bhubaneswar: In an effort to complete its probe into the alleged mining scam in Odisha, a team of Justice M B Shah Commission arrived here today on a 12-day visit during which it will conduct field

ROURKELA: Administration is gearing up for the visit of the Justice M B Shah Commission on illegal mining to Koida mining sector in Sundargarh district for two days, from Thursday.

Scrutinises mineral trade details of other three mines

The Justice M B Shah Commission of enquiry on Thursday sought details on output and raising permission of Tensa iron ore mines belonging to Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) in Koira mining circle during its first day of field trip. During mining lease record verification process, the commission members had found some mismatch between its actual raising area details and map shown on Google Earth.

The state steel & mines department is not in favour of a complete ban on export of iron ore to help curb illegal mining activities.

The M B Shah Commission of enquiry probing into large scale mining activities without lawful authority had recently sought the views of the state government on whether export of iron ore should be prohibited to control illegal mining. “We are not in favour of a complete ban on iron ore export as it will not be in the interest of the state government as well as leaseholders. The department is of the opinion that a limit on exports can be fixed. But nothing has been decided yet and a final decision will be taken at the highest level,” said a source at steel & mines department.

The recent order of the Joda mining circle office to 10 miners, who are waiting for renewal of their mining leases, to restrict iron ore output only to the extent of their captive plant need until the completion of the lease renewal process, is likely to result in 27 million tonne (mt) production loss per year, trade estimates said.

The order follows a recent state government resolution that mines having value addition industry attached to it will be given priority at the time of renewal of mining leases.

The Justice M B Shah Commission of enquiry probing into large scale illegal mining activities has urged collectors of Sundergarh, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar- the three mineral rich districts in Odisha, to furnish details of all iron ore and manganese leases on or before November 1.

“During the examination of records from October 4-11 in Bhubaneswar, it is observed that the district collector is supposed to grant surface rights for working to extract minerals from the granted mining leases. You are requested to furnish the detailed list of all iron ore and manganese ore leases in your district”, Sudhir S Shah, registrar, M B Shah Commission of enquiry wrote to the collectors of Kenjhar, Sundergarh and Mayurbhanj.