Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 8:
The Inter Departmental Committee constituted by the Odisha government will take a decision on the reopening of eight closed mines in the state today.
The meeting, to be presided over by Development Commissioner UN Behera, will decide the fate of these eight closed mines and submit its recommendations to the state government which will take a final decision in this regard.
The eight mines are: RB Das Iron & Manganese Ore, Tarini Prasad Mohanty Iron Ore & Manganese Ore, M/s Tarini Minerals (P) Ltd Iron Ore and Mala Ray & Others, Iron & Manganese Ore under Joda Circle, BC Mohanty & Sons (P) Ltd Chromite Ore and M/s Tata Steel Chromite Ore under Jajpur Circle, Gitarani Mohanty, Iron Ore under Koida Circle and Gandhamardan Sponge Iron Ore at Putlipani in Keonjhar.
“Owners of the these eight mines will submit their legal documents at the Inter Departmental Committee meeting today. After examining these documents, the Committee would make its recommends to the state government which will take a final decision,” said Steel and Mines minister Prafulla Mallick.
It may be mentioned that the state government has initiated the process for reopening of closed mines under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Amendment Act, 2015.
As per the recommendation of the Committee, the state government has already allowed the reopening of 29 mines in the state.
Leases for captive and non-captive mines have been extended till 2030 and 2020 respectively under the amended MMDR Act.
The Committee, on April 4 this year, had recommended to the state government reopening of 26 mines which was approved by the chief minister on April 17.
Again on April 25, the Committee had a meeting on reopening of 11 closed mines. But as the papers and other relevant documents of eight mines were not found in proper order, it had recommended the reopening of only three mines which was approved by the state government.
Out of a total of 29 mines the reopening of which have been approved by the state government, 20 mines have already signed the lease deeds.