SC partially OK’s K’taka iron ore mining

Supreme Court has allowed restarting of mining in category A iron ore mines.

Written by Agencies | Mumbai | Published:April 20, 2012 3:06 pm

Supreme Court (SC) has allowed restarting of mining in category A iron ore mines,or those of more than 50 hectares,in southern Karnataka state after their environmental plans are approved,a lawyer said on Friday.

So far,only state-run NMDC is allowed to mine up to 1 million tonne per month.

Last week,the top court had asked companies in Karnataka state to push ahead with land clean-up.

In 2011,the Supreme Court banned iron ore mining in three districts of Karnataka citing environmental concerns,and asked a federal government body to carry out an environmental impact assessment.

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