Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 9:
The state government has proposed the Centre to conduct survey for mineral exploration in 16 areas of the state comprising six freehold and 10 lease-lapse areas. Mines Director Deepak Mohanty revealed this to the media today on his return after attending the executive body meeting of the National Mineral Exploration Trust (NMELT) at New Delhi.
“From Odisha side, we have told at the meeting that we have already identified six areas and have also identified 10 more areas where mining leases existed but have lapsed. We have requested the Central enterprise MECL for the exploration,” Mohanty added.
The executive body of NMELT, constituted by the Centre to explore minerals stored underneath the country’s earth, met yesterday. The meeting discussed on extensive exploration of minerals on a national scale and decided that mine leaseholders will be required to pay 2% of the royalty to NMELT, the annual earnings of which will be used for conducting geological survey, sources said.
The Board of Governors of NMELT will meet very soon to chalk out the action plan for conducting geological surveys. All state Mines Ministers will also participate in the meeting, the sources added.