Apex court suspends iron ore mining in Bellary

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018

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The Supreme Court today suspended with immediate effect the mining of iron ore in 10,868 hectares in the Bellary district of Karnataka.

“We are of the view that the mining of iron ore in Bellary be suspended immediately till further orders,” a Special Bench headed by Chief Justice, Mr S.H. Kapadia, said.

The court said the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) will, meanwhile, come out with an interim report on the requirement of the iron ore for the country's steel industry.

Second, the Bench said, the MoEF will also spell out as to how much iron ore is required for the domestic industry and how much needs to be imported.

The court issued the directions accepting Attorney-General, Mr G.E. Vahanvati's, submission that the MoEF will come out with the report in consultation with other ministries concerned — mines, steel and commerce.

The Bench passed the order after perusing the latest report of the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) which had said that the illegal mining was going on not only in a rampant manner, but it was also causing irreversible environmental degradation.

The court took environmental degradation into account for suspending mining activities in Bellary.

Published on July 29, 2011

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