New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday indicated that it may permit resumption of iron ore mining in category A mines in Karnataka's Bellary, Chitradurga and Timkur districts, provided they complied with all statutory forest and environmental clearances.
"The statutory compliance must be there. There can be no compromise on the statutory clearance and the undertaking by the lease holder on rehabilitation and reclamation of devastated mines," said the forest bench of Justice Aftab Alam, Justice KS Radhakrishnan and Justice Swatanter Kumar.
The A category mines are those who are either free of any illegality or had committed marginal illegalities in their mining operations.
The court made it clear that the resumed mining activities would come to halt if the existing statutory clearances are not renewed before they expire....more
11:52 AM, Sep 01, 2012