Rungta Mines Limited and Tata Steel have joined the list of winners in ongoing auction of mineral blocks in Odisha. While Rungta Mines won Jumka Pathiriposhi Pahar iron ore block, Tata Steel bagged the Gandhalpada iron ore block.⦁\tRungta Mines - Jumka Pathiriposhi Pahar iron ore block in Koira mining circle of Sundargarh district. The virgin mine has an area of 1.57 square kilometres, 158.509 hectare, with explorations done up to the G2 level. It has an estimated iron ore resource of 140.28 million tonne with average grade of 56.14%.⦁\tTata Steel - Gandhalpada iron ore block in Keonjhar district. The mine has an area of 2.41 square kilometres, 241.1 hectare, with explorations done up to G2 level and geological resource of 314.37 million tonnes of average Fe at 60.48%Previous Winners⦁\tJindal Steel and Power Ltd - Kasia iron ore & dolomite block, spread over 194.19 hectares in Odisha. The Kassia iron ore mine was earlier operated by Aditya Birla Group owned Essel Mining till the lease period expired.⦁\tESL Steel Ltd - Nadidih iron ore block BICO in Koira area of Sundargarh in Odisha. The entire leasehold area of 73.855 hectare has been explored up to G2 level of exploration and has total geological resources of around 27 million tonne of iron ore.The bidding for 11 mineral blocks, for which notice inviting bids was issued on July 7, has started from 18 September. Total 123 bids have been received for these mineral deposits, of which seven are virgin blocks while leases of four blocks have expired. The bidders, who would bag these un-explored blocks, have to develop the blocks for mining.The blocks which are up for grabs in the auction process include⦁\tKasia⦁\tNadidih (Bico)⦁\tNadidih (Feegrade)⦁\tTeherai⦁\tPureibahal⦁\tChandiposhi⦁\tJumka⦁\tDholtapahar⦁\tNetrabandha Pahar (West)⦁\tGandhalpada⦁\tKarlapatThe Odisha government has put the auction of Karlapat iron ore and bauxite block on hold till further notice following a court order. As the block lies near the Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary, a designated elephant corridor in Kalahandi district considered ecologically very sensitive, environmentalists were oppose d to the mining operation in the area.