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SC refuses to halt e-auction of iron ore in Karnataka

The apex court had on April 18, 2013 allowed mining in Ballari, Tumakuru and Chitradurga districts

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Supreme Court building in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters
Supreme Court building in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters

The Supreme Court today rejected the pleas of the Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) and seeking scrapping of e-auction of iron ore in Karnataka.

A bench of Justices and Naveen Sinha said they do not accept the suggestions.


"We reject the plea of and also we reject the of suggesting alternative measures for e- auction," the bench said.

had submitted that instead of e-auction, there should be long-term agreement between producers and buyers as part of the new mechanism relying upon the suggestion made by the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) in this regard by its report on April 28, 2016.

However, an Samaj Samudaya, had earlier opposed the plea, saying the e-auction was meant to provide the best price and royalty to the state

The apex court had on April 18, 2013 allowed mining in Ballari, Tumakuru and Chitradurga districts, but with the cap of 30 million tonne per annum.

It added that mining should be only through e-auctions and subject to monitoring by the Central Empowered Committee. It had then also ordered several measures to prevent environmental damage due to mining.

First Published: Mon, August 28 2017. 12:02 IST
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