Odisha govt caps iron ore output at 57 mt for 2014-15

Written by fe Bureau | Bhubaneswar | Updated: Oct 23 2014, 09:28am hrs
The Odisha government has capped iron ore production in the state for 2014-15 at last years level of 57 million tonnes (mt).

Capping the iron ore production at 57 million tonne for 2014-15, the state government has fixed 44 MT for Joda sector and 13 MT for Koira sector," said the state chief secretary G C Pati on Tuesday.

Pati said the government would allow 1,100 truckloads per day to Paradip Port to avoid traffic congestion. Non-captive mines, however, will be allowed to dispatch their balance stock to sale through the port this year, he said.

The government had imposed restrictions on dispatch of previous years stocks of iron ore till April 2014.

As the state Cabinet has decided that the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) would provide minerals to the industries, which have signed MoUs with the state government for five years, it has been decided to raise the production of the corporation by two fold this year.

While the minimum production of OMC would be 5.6 MT this year, it would be 9 MT in 2015-16 and 20 MT in 2016-17. The OMC has been asked to expedite the process of various clearances, including environment and forest clearances, pending at various stages.