Not many takers for legal iron ore mining
News

Not many takers for legal iron ore mining

August 17, 2022

More licences to be granted to stone crushing units to produce M-Sand: Minister Halappa

Bengaluru: The Karnataka Government started the process to auction iron ore mines under ‘Category C’ by a Supreme Court direction but to its surprise, there are not many takers. 

Following the Supreme Court order, the State Government identified 28 mines and fixed the auction amount per tonne of iron ore. But of the 28, only 12 have been taken by the contractors, abandoning the 16 mines. Now the Government has decided to call the tenders again.

Mines and Geology Minister Halappa Achar told reporters in Bengaluru yesterday that 12 of the 28 mineral blocks in the State were auctioned.

“Preparations are on to auction the remaining blocks, which will contribute significantly to increasing revenue for the department. In the last fiscal, revenue generated by the Department was Rs. 6,308 crore, which is a 145 percent increase compared to Rs. 4,357 crore in 2019-20,” Achar said.  

More stone crushing units

To meet the growing demand for sand, more licences will be granted to stone crushing units for the production of M-Sand, the Minister said. “The Government is mulling changes in the sand policy to increase the production of M-Sand. While the annual demand is 45 lakh metric tonnes, we are facing a shortage of 5 lakh metric tonnes,” he added. 

“Over 35 lakh metric tonnes of sand were being supplied from M-Sand manufacturing units and over five lakh metric tonnes are being extracted from natural sources. We are still short of 5 lakh metric tonnes of sand,” he said.

READ ALSO  Revamping of PHCs on the anvil: Health Minister

On the 5 lakh metric tonnes of sand extracted from natural sources, he said that Hatti Mining Company is entrusted with the distribution of this sand in 15 districts, whereas Karnataka State Minerals Corporation Ltd. will distribute it in the remaining 16 districts

Gram Panchayats have been empowered to extract sand within their limits so that the demand is met. “We are also wary about illegal sand extraction. In such cases, the respective district administration will be held responsible,” he warned.

On the sand prices, the Minister said that the Government has fixed Rs. 800 for every tonne of sand and M-Sand is being sold at Rs. 700 to Rs. 1,200 per tonne.

‘Maralu Mitra’ app

To ensure a smooth supply of sand as per demand in a transparent manner, the ‘Maralu Mitra’ app is being developed. “A few districts have already taken steps to supply sand in a transparent manner through the app. Very soon, one app for the entire State will be developed,” Minister Halappa Achar said.

“The app will be connected to the GPS of the sand transporting trucks, geo-tagging and geo-fencing. This will check the sale of sand in the black market,” he added.

ABOUT

Mysuru’s favorite and largest circulated English evening daily has kept the citizens of Mysuru informed and entertained since 1978. Over the past 41 years, Star of Mysore has been the newspaper that Mysureans reach for every evening to know about the happenings in Mysuru city. The newspaper has feature rich articles and dedicated pages targeted at readers across the demographic spectrum of Mysuru city. With a readership of over 2,50,000 Star of Mysore has been the best connection between it’s readers and their leaders; between advertisers and customers; between Mysuru and Mysureans.

Recent Comments
CONTACT

Academy News Papers Private Limited, Publishers, Star of Mysore & Mysuru Mithra, 15-C, Industrial ‘A’ Layout, Bannimantap, Mysuru-570015. Phone no. – 0821 249 6520

To advertise on Star of Mysore, email us at

Online Edition: [email protected]
Print Editon: [email protected]
For News/Press Release: [email protected]