Bhubaneswar: Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick today said that the State Government was ready for auction of 16 more mines, including 10 iron ore mines by March next year.
“Government is ready for auction of 16 more mines. Auction will be carried out before March 2019 after seeking permission from the Centre,” said Mallick.
He informed that lease of six mines have been nullified while 25 mine owners have been granted stay order.
“We have written a letter to the Centre seeking its permission for auction of 16 mines. Once we get the approval, auction will be carried out by March, 2019,” said the Minister.
Notably, on December 1, the State Government had cancelled the leases of six mines as the leaseholders failed to pay the penalty imposed on them for excess mining by the Supreme Court.