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Companies can extract ore sans plant: HC

News Date:11-May-2013

Cuttack: 11May The confusion arising out of the Odisha governments notification for renewal of mines didn’t get a breather from the High Court .The court today didn’t issue any interim order against the order of the Central Mines Tribunal. Consequently, the government notification of October 3rd last year will remain inoperative. The special government notification stated that licenses of those companies who do not have a plant will not be renewed. The government had imposed these harsh restrictions for second and subsequent renewal of mines. Keeping in view the larger interest of the state and the developmental needs, the strict conditions were set according to the provisions of the Mines and Mineral(Development & Regulation) Act,1957(clause -8,sub-clause 5).The notification clearly said that companies having plants can extract iron ore only according to their requirements. The Mines department subsequently issued an order to this effect. Some companies like Kalinga Mines and Essel Mines challenged the government notification and the Mines department order in the Central Mines Tribunal. After hearing the parties, the Tribunal passed an injunction on the state government notification. The state government then moved the High Court challenging the Tribunal order. The bench of chief justice C Nagappan and Justice Indrajit Mohanty heard the state government’s arguments today. The bench passed interim orders saying that companies not having any plant can extract iron ore. The next hearing will be on July 2nd.

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