NMDC Asks 6 Mines

With a target to increase its capacity to produce 100 Million Ton Per Annum (MTPA) steel, NMDC has urged the Odisha Government to reserve six Mineral Blocks in Keonjhar and Sundargarh Districts in its favor.

While major Mineral Blocks are Mankadnacha and Malangtoli Iron Ore Mines other four Mineral Blocks are also needed to be reserved in favor of the Navratna PSU of Government of India, urged NMDC.

NMDC is country’s single largest Iron Ore producer and presently producing 35 Million Tones from its fully mechanized mines in Chhattisgarh and Karnataka.

NMDC authorities have requested the State Government in this regard and allocate/reserve these Mineral Blocks under Section 17 A of MMDR Act, 2015.

While the National Steel Policy has targeted to produce 300 MTPA Steel in the country, NMDC has made a Vision Plan for increasing Iron Ore production capacity from present 35 MTPA to 100 MTPA by 2024-25.

NMDC Director P K Satapathy has said that in order to meet this target, NMDC requires additional Mining Leases in the Mineral Rich states like Odisha.

Odisha is having potential to develop Mines with a capacity of Plus 10 MTPA.

Mr.Satapathy said that NMDC is also planning to diversify into mining of minerals other than Iron Ore and Diamond.

Accordingly NMDC has been trying to acquire additional Mining Leases of various Minerals including Iron Ore and Diamonds.

NMDC approached State Government for Mankadnacha and Malangtoli Iron Ore Blocks.

Secondly, NMDC has approached Ministry of Steel (MoS) for reservation of Khandadhar Iron Ore Blocks in Sundargarh District for prospecting and Mining Operations.

Khandadhar has got two Iron Ore Blocks and NMDC has asked for both the Blocks, said official sources.

Apart from this NMDC has also approached Odisha Government for reservation of Rakma Iron Ore Block 0ver 986 Hectares are in Keonjhar and Sundargarh district.

Similarly, NMDC, which is on expanding mode has requested the State Government for Panduliposi Iron Ore and Manganese Ore Blocks over 105 Hectares in Keonjhar district.

NMDC has also submitted application for Kansa Nickel Ore Block in Jajpur district for prospecting and Mining Operations of Nickel.

Notably, NMDC conducted Detailed Exploration for Iron Ore in Malangtoli area during 1972-77.

While NMDC was granted Mining Lease (ML) in Malangtoli, but could not execute the MLas there was no infrastructure support for Mining and Marketing Iron Ore at that time, said official sources.

Subsequently, State Government revoked the Mining Lease issued in favor of NMDC for non execution of Mining Lease.

So it has requested once again to the State Government for reservation of the Iron Ore Blocks in favor of NMDC.

NMDC runs eco-friendly and scientific operations in the Iron Ore Mines in Chhattisgarh and Karnataka and has assured Odisha to go for such green operations in the Mineral Blocks.

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