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Apr 20, 2012 at 04:18pm IST

Supreme Court partially allows iron ore mining in Karnataka

Mumbai: The Supreme Court has allowed restarting of mining in category A iron ore mines, or those of more than 50 hectares, in southern Karnataka state after their environmental plans are approved, a lawyer said on Friday.

So far, only state-run NMDC is allowed to mine up to 1 million tonne per month.

Last week, the top court had asked companies in Karnataka state to push ahead with land clean-up.

SC partially allows iron ore mining in Karnataka

In 2011, the Supreme Court banned iron ore mining in three districts of Karnataka citing environmental concerns.

In 2011, the Supreme Court banned iron ore mining in three districts of Karnataka citing environmental concerns, and asked a government body to carry out an environmental impact assessment.

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