Sesa Goa may start importing iron ore
Incidentally, Sesa Goa is the largest domestic iron ore miner and had sold 16 million tonnes of iron ore in 2011-12.
However, since the imposition of mining ban in Goa in September this year, its production has come to naught.
As such, the company does not have adequate iron ore to run its own pig iron plant which may force Sesa Goa to either shut down blast furnaces or go for imports to feed the plant, P K Mukherjee, Managing Director, Sesa Goa, said.
"With no mining in Goa, we will have to resort to imports to keep our pig iron plant running and the days are not to far," he added.
The Goa Government had ordered a temporary suspension onextraction of ore across the state on September 11, pending verification of various approval documents in view of the findings of Justice M B Shah Commission on illegal mining.
On 5 October 2012, the Supreme Court ordered a suspension on mining activities in Goa, including transportation of minedore from mines or stocyards and asked the Central Empowered Committee to file a preliminary report in four weeks.
Mukherjee said Sesa Goa, which sold 16 million tonnes of iron ore in last fiscal from its mines in Karnataka and Goa, has not produced even a single tonne after the temporary ban was imposed
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