A day after reaching Barbil in Odisha`s mineral rich Keonjhar district, a four- member team of SC-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) today inspected some iron ore mines to look into allegations of illegal operations.
Iron ore mining in Karnataka will take a minimum of two years to become fully operational after the Supreme Court verdict allowed resumption of mining at category-A & B mines in the state, an industry official has said.
Opposition BJP on Thursday again tried to corner Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in the Assembly over the allegations of favouring his relatives in allotment of mines and demanded a House committee to probe the matter.
The Odisha government said it has imposed Rs 67,900 crore penalty on 103 mines for excess production of iron ore, but denied any mining scam while blaming the Indian Bureau of Mines for its failure to detect the irregularities.
As many as 19 mines are located within half a kilometre of the Selaulim major reservoir, which accounts for water supply to nearly half of Goa, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat told the state Assembly on Tuesday.