Ten mineral-laden states have queued up 102 blocks for electronic auctions in this financial year. With 20 blocks, Jharkhand has the largest number of deposits on offer. Rajasthan comes second with 16 blocks, while Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have readied 13 each.
Among the queued blocks, 42 are of limestone, followed by bauxite (19), manganese ore (11), copper (8), iron ore (6), graphite (6), zinc (3) and two each for emerald and gold. Read more
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Anrak Aluminium Limited (AAL), a joint venture of Penna Group and Ras Al Khaimah, has exuded confidence of starting operations of its 1.5 million tonne alumina refinery in Visakhapatnam in the next few months, almost five years after its construction with Hyderabad High Court passing a judgement in favour of it. Read more
Courtesy: The Hindu
“The OCL factories are hoping to access the area worth of approximately Rs. 2,200 crore. This means that it will easily cover land over five panchayats, making this a question of the livelihood of over 50,000 people.” Read more
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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday directed Haryana government to submit its stand on a 2017 Union environment ministry report that stated that a housing project of Bharti Land Ltd. in Aravallis, Faridabad district, was proposed on ‘deemed’ forest land. The deadline for the report has been set to September 30. The Tribunal also directed the ministry to submit its final report on the issue during the next hearing on November 12. Read more
Shillong: Illegal coal mining and transportation is still on in spite of the ban by the National Green Tribunal, a group has alleged in a petition to Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K. Sangma.
The Wildlife and Environment Protection Group from West Jaiñtia Hills, in the petition, alleged that in spite of the serious effort by the NGT to preserve the environment, there are brisk coal-mining activities and environmental destruction at various places all over the state. Read more
Courtesy: The Telegraph