Tata Steel Allowed to operate Four Mines in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Dec 17: The Odisha government on Tuesday allowed Tata Steel to resume mining operations at four of its iron ore mines in the state till January 28 following the order of Orissa High Court.

"We have issued permission to Tata Steel to resume operations at its four mines in view of the Orissa High Court order. The state government will take the final decision on the matter basing on the judgement of the High Court on January 28," Director of Mines, Deepak Kumar Mohanty said.

Earlier, the mining operation was suspended temporarily at four mines - Bamebari, Katamati, Joda East and Joda West - after the company failed to meet the November 15 deadline for obtaining statutory clearances.

The mining firm had moved the high court challenging the government decision as the suspension of mining operation will put a big impact on the employment.

Earlier, the Supreme Court on May 16 had directed 26 mines that were operating under the provisions of deemed extension to suspend iron ore mining. Tata Steel was among the 26 mines.

The apex court had told that the mines could not resume their operations untill get a nod from the state government under the law.

The state government in June had allowed the operation at four mines of Tata Steel, three of SAIL and one mine of Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) till January 28, asking them to produce the clearances for the lease renewal within three months. While the SAIL managed to get the clearances, Tata Steel failed to meet the deadline following which the mining operation was suspended.

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