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Tag: Mines

Tribals Protest Land Acquisition By OCL
Tribals Up In Arms Against OCL’s Mining Expansion Plans In Sundargarh

The Lanjiberna mining expansion proposal of the erstwhile Odisha Cements Limited (OCL) of Sundargarh district hit another roadblock when tribal villagers took out a huge protest rally on Friday

Puri temple
Odisha Reserves Khondalite Mines For Development Of Puri As World Heritage City

Puri: The Odisha government has decided to use extracted mineral from six Khondalite mining blocks and use it for development projects under Augmentation of Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture (ABADHA) scheme in Puri. As per the official order issued by the Steel and Mines Department, six Khondalite blocks including three in Jajpur, […]

Odisha Govt To Develop Abandoned Mines Into Tourism Destinations

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government will develop closed and abandoned mines in the State into tourist destinations, informed Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick on Wednesday. “If tourism and water bodies are developed in abandoned and closed mines, it will benefit the locals affected by the mining,” Mallick said on the sidelines of Odisha Mining Conclave […]

OPCC Chief Niranjan Patnaik Suggests Odisha Govt To Keep 70% Mines Under Control

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik has advised the State government to keep 70 per cent of mines in the State under its administrative control instead of leasing them out to private firms. The OPCC chief said that if the State government does not bring the majority of mines under its control, […]

Odisha Issues Auction Notification For 10 Mineral Blocks

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Friday issued a notification for online auction of 10 mineral blocks. The Directorate of Mines has issued the notification for electronic auction of seven iron ore blocks and three blocks of iron ore and manganese for the purpose of granting mining leases. The seven iron ore blocks are Nuagaon, Thakurani, […]

Tainted mine owners be debarred from bidding in mines auction: Srikant Jena

Bhubaneswar: Former Union Minister Srikant Jena on Tuesday demanded that tainted mine owners be debarred from bidding for mines auction in Odisha and steps taken to protect the interest of the state and its people. “Necessary steps must be taken to ensure that all the tainted mine owners who were involved in illegal mining and […]

Odisha to auction 16 mines by March 2019

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government is likely to put up 16 mines for auction by the end March next year. The State Government has started preparations and is targetting to auction 16 blocks, including ten iron ore mines and six others by the end of March, informed Odisha Steel & Mines minister, Prafulla Kumar Mallick on […]

SC allows Essel to resume mining operations in Odisha

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today allowed Aditya Birla group firm Essel Mining and Industries Limited (EMIL) to resume operations at two of its iron ore mines in Odisha after the company submitted that it has paid a penalty of Rs 1,717 crore. EMIL, one of the largest Indian iron ore mining firms, is the […]

Jindal urges Odisha to restart closed iron ore mines

Bhubaneswar: Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) chairman Naveen Jindal today urged Odisha government to resume operations of iron ore mines under a new legislative framework with a deferred penalty mechanism. “Odisha Government should take up the issue with Union Government to open and run the closed iron ore mines through ordinance or other means, […]

More Sinned Against Than Sinning?

My heart goes out to the ‘poor’ mine owners. Pointing a gun to their heads, they are being asked to pay fines worth thousands of crores and that too before the year is out. Even the 102 mines that remain closed for years are not being spared. As if that was not bad enough, the […]

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Ambient air quality monitoring in mining areas of Odisha soon

Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view large scale pollution in mining areas and major junction routes in the state, the steel and mines department will soon have ambient air quality monitoring systems soon. This was decided at a high level state task force meeting convened under the chairmanship of chief secretary at the State Secretariat through video […]

IMFA workers
Despite reply to show cause notice, ban imposed before personal hearing : IMFA

Cuttack: With hundreds of workers continuing their stir in front of the plant of India Metals and Ferro Alloys (IMFA) at Choudwar in Cuttack protesting the order of the Odisha Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) to ban mining at the Mahagiri and Sukinda Chromite, the company authorities today clarified that they had responded to the notice of […]

Explosion kills youth in Balasore
Explosion kills youth in Balasore

Balasore: A youth lost his life to an explosion at Baripal village under Nilagiri police limits in Balasore district on Sunday, that had occurred around 2 pm near the village. The deceased youth was identified as Pratap Singh. He had already breathed his last when villagers found him covered with blood beside a pond and […]

Prafulla Kumar Mallik
Mining theft continues despite e-auction: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Mining theft still continues even after e-auction of the mining blocks, informed Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Kumar Mallik in the Odisha Assembly, recently. He presented the facts that 89 illegal mining activities have been caught by the Directorate of Mines this year. The Directorate of Mines has seized 30,537.715 metric tonnes mineral resources […]

Expedite process for capital investments: CM tells officials

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today underscored the need to expedite the process for capital investments in Odisha. Reviewing the status of investment in the industrial sector as per the promises made by the companies at the recent Make In Odisha Conclave at the State Secretariat here, the chief minister directed the concerned departments to […]

35 steel projects start production in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: A total of 35 steel making companies have started production in their projects in Odisha, state Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick said on Friday. Replying to a written question, Mallick informed the Assembly that out of 49 companies which have signed memorandums of understanding with the state government, 35 have started production. The […]

Centre rejects Odisha’s demand for coal royalty hike

Bhubaneswar: Rejecting Odisha demand for a hike in coal royalty, the Center today said that there will be no increase in the royalty in the current situation. Briefing media persons after a meeting with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here, Union Coal secretary Anil Swarup said that to increase royalty on a […]

Odisha to auction four mines in a week

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Monday said it would issue a notification for e-auction of four mines in the State within two-three days. These are two limestone mines located at Kotameta and Usakalabhagu in Malkangiri district, one in Garamara in Nuapada district and a manganese mine at Lasarda Pacheri in Keonjhar district. “We would issue […]

Vedanta to get bauxite from Kodingamali mines

Bhubaneswar: Mines minister Prafulla Mallick on Wednesday said the Odisha government has decided to provide bauxite to Vedanta’s Lanjigarh alumina factory from the Kodingamali mines in Koraput through Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC). Briefing newsmen here today, the Mines minister, said, “OMC has got the mining lease of Kodingamali mines located in Koraput. We will provide […]

Ambitious Odisha plans to complete DGPS survey of 129 mines in 7 months!

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government, which managed to complete the Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) survey of just 20 mines in the two years since the directive in this regard by the Justice MB Shah Commission, today set itself an ambitious target of completing the survey of an incredible 127 mines in the next seven months. […]

Mining Lease of Pottangi Bauxite Mines granted to NALCO

Bhubaneswar: Navaratna PSU National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has been granted Pottangi Bauxite Mines, in Koraput district of Odisha, where the company s 22,75,000-tonne lumina refinery is located. NALCO has been granted the mining lease of Pottangi with an area covering 1,738 hectares for a period of 50 years, a company release said here today. […]

Mines ministry seeks feedback on ‘Star Rating’ to leases

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Union Mines ministry has sought feedback from mineral-bearing States on its proposed ‘Star Rating’ system for mining leases. This was informed by State Mines director Deepak Mohanty after attending a high level meeting of state mines officials in New Delhi. Officials said the new system has been designed to promote sustainable development […]

Essar Steel wins bid for Ghorhaburhani iron block

Bhubaneswar: Essar Steel has emerged as the successful bidder in the first e-auction of iron ore block in Odisha, upstaging strong contenders like Tata Steel, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) and JSW Steel. “We had notified for the e-auction of Ghorhaburhani-Sagasahi iron block on 23rd December last year against which seven parties had submitted […]

OMC eyes 6.55 MT mineral production in 2016-17

Bhubaneswar: State-owned miner Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) is targeting an ore production of 6.55 million tonne (MT) in the 2016-17 financial year, OMC managing director (MD) Girish SN said on Tuesday. “This year we have a target to produce 6.55 MT ore. It will be gradually increased to 10 MT in the next financial year,” […]

Mines' e-auction: Qualified bidders’ names on Feb 25

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Monday said it will announce the names of qualified bidders for the Ghorhaburhani-Sagasahi iron ore block, located in Koida mining sector in Sundargarh district, on February 25. Mines director Deepak Mohanty informed this after the first meeting of the technical committee at the secretariat here today. “The first meeting of […]

Tata Steel Mines in Odisha bag 21 awards from IBM

As a mark of recognition of its excellence in mine management, Tata Steel’s Sukinda Chromite Mine, Manganese Group of Mines and Joda East, Katamati and Khondbond Iron mines bagged 21 prizes collectively in various categories including two prizes under individual category during celebration of 18th Mines, Environment and Mineral Conservation (MEMC) week organised here under the aegis of Regional office of Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), Bhubaneswar

DMFs in all districts by March: Mallick

Bhubaneswar: The State government has asked all mineral bearing districts to create District Mineral Fund (DMF) by March this year, Mines minister Prafulla Mallick told media persons here today. The Fund will take care of developmental activities in mineral bearing districts, sources in the department said. “We have asked all district collectors to create DMF […]

'IBM-ISRO MoU soon to track illegal mining'

Bhubaneswar: An agreement between Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be inked soon to track illegal mining across the country, Union Mines secretary Balvinder Kumar said here today. He was speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of the new building of IBM here. Kumar said plans have been […]

Odisha puts two limestone blocks for e-auction

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has put two more mines (limestone) on the block in accordance with the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 2015. The mines which are placed for the online auction are Garramura Limestone Block in Nuapada district and Khatkurbahal Lomestone Block in Sundergarh district. The state government put the two limestone […]

Odisha lets 3 more mines to reopen

The State government today ordered reopening of three more closed mines basing on the recommendations of inter-departmental committee on mines. Talking to mediapersons, State Mines minister Prafulla Mallik said the lease holders have been asked to make additional lease deed of the concerned mines

Panel submits report on 11 closed mines

The Inter-Departmental Committee on Mines headed by development commissioner U.N. Behera, which held a meeting at the Secretariat here to discuss the feasibility of reopening 11 mines in the State today, has submitted its report to the State government

Committee recommends opening of 26 mines; Govt to take final call

The inter-departmental committee chaired by the development commissioner to decide the fate of 29 mines has recommended opening of 26 mines

Mines, minerals bill gets Rajya Sabha's nod

New Delhi: The bill on mines and minerals, paving the way for auction of blocks for prospecting, was passed by the Rayya Sabha on Friday, even as opposition parties, notably the Congress, wanted it to be referred again to the relevant select committee. The bill was pressed for voting — 117 members were in favour […]

JSPL denies govt allegation of false statement in HC

Jindal Steel and Power Ltd today denied that it has made any false statement before the Delhi High Court over changing the end-use of two coal blocks in Odisha and Chhattisgarh which had been alloted to it

Mines ordinance: State seeks legal opinion

Bhubaneswar: Odisha will raise its concerns regarding Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Amendment (MMDRA) Ordinance during the meeting called by the Centre in New Delhi on January 19 to discuss on how to implement its decision on the new law in States, said State Steel and Mines minister Prafulla Mallick here today. “We will […]

HC stays Cabinet decision on mine auctions till Feb 4 hearing

Odisha High Court today stayed the State Cabinet decision to auction all the mines in the state except the collieries

Shah panel report targets 55 mines of Odisha firms

Operations of top steel and mining companies, including Tata Steel, SAIL, Aditya Birla Group's Essel Mining, JSPL and Sarda Mines, are likely to get affected if a recommendation by the Justice M B Shah Commission to ban mining along the Baitarni river in Odisha is accepted