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Joint team inspects iron ore mines

June 22, 2013 Leave a comment

A joint team of state officials conduced field verification of mining leases of Tata Steel, Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), Serajuddin & Company and Kalinga Mining Corporation (KMC) in the iron ore rich Joda sector to oversee any possible encroachment of lease boundaries.

The team inspected Tata Steel’s Khandabandh mines and Guruda mines of Serajuddin & Company.

As per the instructions of the Shah commission, the state government had constituted five teams- one each for three mining circles in Keonjhar district and two mining circles in Sundergarh district. Each of the teams consisted of two members each from the departments of revenue, forest and steel & mines. These committees were headed by a scientist from Odisha Space Application Centre (ORSAC).

These five teams were supervised by two district level committees headed by the collectors of Sundergarh and Keonjhar districts. Moreover, a state level committee was formed under D Biswal, additional secretary (forest & environment).

The committee’s responsibility was to ascertain if a mine owner undertook mining beyond lease area.

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Phase-I of Kalinganagar project to commission by 2014

November 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Tata's Kalinganagar ProjectTata Steel is likely to commission phase I of Kalinganagar project by August 2014. The company is setting up a six million tpa greenfield steel project in Odisha. The phase I of the project with three million tpa capacity will entail an investment of around Rs 25,000 crore.

In addition to this, Tata Steel also plans to introduce two more new industrial park projects at Gopalpur, first is bar mill and the second one is ferroalloys plant. Tata steel will invest Rs 1,000 crore on both the projects. The ferroalloys plant will have capacity of 50,000 tonne per annum with an investment of around Rs 200 to 250 crore whereas the bar mills project will require an investment of around Rs 750 to Rs 800 crore. However, the company seeks coastal regulatory zone nod for both the projects.

Phase I of Dhamra port by July

February 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Dhamra Port Company (DPCL) is likely to commission the Phase I of the Rs 2,400-crore Dhamra Port in Orissa by July 2010.

DPCL, a 50:50 JV of Tata Steel and L&T began the port project work in April 2007. The port is being developed in phased manner.

In the Phase I, DPCL is likely to install two fully mechanised berths of 350 mtrs each with a capacity to handle 27 million tpa along with a backup facility to undertake imports of coking coal, steam coal, limestone and export of iron ore.

The company plans to set up 13 berths with a capacity to handle more than 100 million tpa of dry and liquid bulk cargoes including containers in the 18-km-long sea shore. The berths are designed for draught of 18 mtrs capable of handling cape size vessels up to 1,80,000 DWT (dead weight tonnage).

Further, Tata Steel plans to build a 62-km rail track between Dhamra and Bhadrak on the main Howrah-Chennai line.

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