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Indian iron ore mining mess - Odisha prosecutes 11 miners
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Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012

Business Standard reported that the Odisha government has initiated prosecution against 11 mine owners for raising ore beyond the approved limits of Environment EP Act 1986.

A total of 108 lessees are in dock for producing ore in excess of the quantum approved under EP Act. For the balance 97 lessees, collectors of respective districts have been asked to initiate prosecution. The violations have been recorded in case of iron ore, manganese, chromite, limestone, dolomite and quartzite mines.

A senior official of forest & environment department said that “Presently, prosecution has been initiated against 11 lessees at the sub-divisional judicial magistrate or junior first class magistrate level.

The lessees prosecuted for EP Act violation include

Gandhamardhan Sponge Iron Pvt Ltd (Putulipani iron ore mines)
Kalinga Mining Corporation (Jurudi iron ore mines)
Mala Ray mines
Sirajuddin & Company (Balda mines)
Bhanja Mines (Inganijharan iron ore mines)
Mineral Trading Syndicate (Bhulbeda iron ore mines)
Bharat Processing & Mechanical Engineering (Bhadrasahi iron ore mines)
Narayani & Sons (Lahupada iron ore mines)
Hargovind Pandya (Jajang iron ore mines)
Essel Mining (Jhiling Langalota mines-Barbil)
T B Lal (Kasia iron ore mines).

All these lessees have extracted ore beyond the quantity permitted under EP Act.”

Source - Business Standard


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