‘Restrictions will help conserve natural mineral resources’
The news of resumption of mining might have brought cheer to people in Bellary district, especially those in the labour and service sectors that are dependent, directly or indirectly, on mining, but it seems to have come as a disappointment to mining companies, as the extraction of ore has come down considerably.
For instance, B. Kumaragouda Mines had been permitted to extract up to 20 lakh tonnes of ore prior to the ban on mining imposed by the Supreme Court, as per the mining plan approved by the Indian Bureau of Mines. But the Supreme Court, which has permitted it to resume mining after the company implemented the Reclamation and Rehabilitation plan, has limited the annual extraction of ore to 6.4 lakh tonnes.
Sources in the Department of Mines and Geology told The Hindu that the permissible annual extraction of iron ore had been scaled down considerably keeping in view the ore deposits available, extent of leased area, lease period, and roads and other infrastructure facilities available for transportation of ore.
According to the sources, restriction on the extraction of ore will not only curb the tendency of leaseholders to flout rules related to extraction and transportation of ore, but also prevent damage to the environment and conserve natural mineral resources for posterity.
Another notable feature of the steps initiated by the Supreme Court to curb illegal mining is that from now on, the ore extracted by mining companies will be sold through e-auction by the monitoring committee, leaving no room for illegal transactions.
Restriction imposed keeping in view available ore deposits, extent of leased area From now on the extracted ore will be sold through e-auction by monitoring panel
Restriction imposed keeping in view available ore deposits, extent of leased area
From now on the extracted ore will be sold through e-auction by monitoring panel