MOIL Gets Clearance for Gumgaon & Khodegaon Manganese Mines
India’s state owned manganese ore miner MOIL Limited has got clearance from Ministry for Environment, Forests, and Climate Change for a grant of environmental clearance of 1.02 lakh tonnes per annum, including mineral rejects of 0.05 lakh tonnes per annum. Maharashtra Government had reserved an area of 814.71 HA in favour of MOIL for prospecting of manganese ore in Gumgaon in Nagpur and Khodegaon in Bhandara districts. After exploration and requisite clearances, application for environment clearance was submitted in respect of 126.84 HA area, which is adjacent to MOIL’s Gumgaon mine.
MOIL said “As the resources identified are available at a depth of more than 200 meters from the surface, underground mining will have to be resorted to. In view of this, MOIL is going ahead with purchase of land for the mine and getting other statutory clearances. In the meantime, steps for sinking of a new shaft shall be taken. This will be a new mine, 12th mine of the Company and the first new underground mine since inception.”