The state mines department has set an internal timeline to restart operation at 18 more mines, which were closed by the Supreme Court order, pending second and third renewal of their lease terms, by the end of July next. These mines were operating under deemed lease extension clause of the Mineral Concession Rules, 1960, before being shut down.
Though the apex court had ordered closure of 26 iron ore/manganese mines, the State government has recently allowed restart of operation at eight mines through an express order.
These projects included four leases of Tata Steel- Bamebari, Katamati, Joda East and Joda West, three mines- Bolani, Barsuan and Kalta held by Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) and it also includes the Kurmitar Pahar lease of state run Odisha Mining Corpo-ration (OMC).
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