Orissa: 190 firms to get notices for excess ore mined
In 2010, Orissa tasked a committee to prepare a report on the companies that had mined more iron, manganese, chromite, bauxite and limestone ore than they were allowed over the previous 10 years.
The committee found that excess ore was extracted from 190 mines, said Steel and Mines Secretary Deoranjan Kumar Singh.
The biggest offenders included Essel Mining and Industries Limited, owned by the Aditya Birla Group, which mined 206 lakh tonne iron ore more than it was allowed from just two mines, at Kasia and Jiling-Longalata in Keonjhar, between 2001 and 2006. This illegally mined ore is valued, by conservative estimates, at Rs 4,269 crore.
S R Rungta Group, another major player, extracted Rs 2,978 crore worth of excess iron and manganese ore from just six of its mines between 2003 and 2006.
Orissa Mining Corporation mined 9.63 lakh tonne excess chromite from its South Kaliapani mines in Jajpur between 2004 and 2008. The ore is valued at Rs 105 crore.
The excess ore mined by all the 190 companies would be in “thousands of crores”, Singh said.
Now, based on the committee’s report, the Mines department will raise demands against all mines that extracted more than the approved limits and recover penalties within 30 days, Singh said.
The companies will have to pay interest of 24
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