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Keonjhar: The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) has issued a notice to Bhushan Steel Ltd for allegedly constructing a railway siding illegally in Nayagarh area under Jhumpuratahsil.

The National Green Tribunal has sought the response of Jindal Steel and five other steel plants located in Ghaziabad after the UP Pollution Control Board informed the tribunal that they are "highly

New Delhi: Says state didn’t comply with SC order on grant of iron ore

Bhushan Power & Steel (BPSL) has asked the Supreme Court to initiate contempt proceedings against the Orissa government for failing to comply with the apex court’s order that asked it to recommend BPSL’s case for grant of iron ore reserves to the Central government. The compamy needed the iron ore reserves for the company’s 2.8- million-tonne integrated steel plant at Lapanga.

Steel industry expects availability to fall further in 2013-14, no exports recorded since November

The severe shortage in iron ore supplies from Karnataka and Goa, where mining was stopped following a Supreme Court directive, and the cap on production in Odisha have led to India becoming a net importer of iron ore this financial year. Till 2011, India was the third-largest exporter of iron ore.

Concerned over rising frequency of industrial accidents, leading to death of workers at the site of Bhushan Steel's plant, the state labour department has decided to engage an independent agency to check the safety measures at the site.

Labour minister Bijayshree Routray has also summoned the company's vice chairman and managing director Neeraj Singhal on January 21 for discussions on the matter.

Bhusan Power and Steel Limited (BPSL) at Thelkuli suffered yet another jolt with the regional office of Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) directing it to suspend work on the proposed ash

During the year, govt also contemplated to open up sector for commercial mining

Coal fired a minefield of controversies in 2012, fuelled by CAG estimates of a huge Rs 1.86 lakh crore loss for allocation of coal blocks to business houses without auction which served as fodder to the Opposition parties to target the government. The blaze started from a leaked draft report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) that initially had a figure of Rs 10.6 lakh crore loss resulting from the controversial allocation of coal blocks to about 100 companies without bidding.

Villagers of Taraikela in Jharsuguda district are up in arms against Bhusan Power and Steel Limited (BPSL) over construction of an ash pond in the village.

PPT and Bhushan Steel among offenders, closure direction on Hindalco CPP

The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has issued showcause notices on eight industries in 2012-13 for causing pollution and violating the norms of the board. Three other industries- Hindalco Industries' captive power plant at Hirakud (Sambalpur), Singhal Enterprises Pvt Ltd-Hirma (Jharsuguda) and Shyam Metaliks & Energy Ltd-Lapanga (Sambalpur) have been served closure directions.

Odisha chief secretary BK Patnaik today appeared before the Supreme Court along with state steel and mines secretary Rajesh Verma and Aditya Prasad Padhee, principal secretary to Chief Minister, for contempt of court in a matter related to granting of iron ore mines to Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd (BPSL).

The SC has asked the state government to file its reply in three weeks. The court in March had allowed the appeal of Bhushan Power & Steel and directed the state government to act according to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two parties, signed on May 15, 2002.