Tata Steel fears that it may have to start its 3-million-tonne Kalinganagar steel plant without a captive iron ore mine, since the state has not taken any initiative as yet to allot it a mine.

Anand Sen Tata Steel’s vice-president for quality management and in-charge of Kalinga Nagar project told FE the company would need 4.8 million tonne of iron ore per annum to run its 3 mtpa plant and by this time the government should have allotted the mines.