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Oct 04, 2012, 04.44 PM IST
RK Goyal, MD of Kalyani Steel said the R&R plans are currently being implemented for category-A mines. Post regulatory clearances ore from the category-A mines are going to flow into the business, he added. He also expects 4.5 million tonne of ore to come from category-A mines in the next 12 months.
The ore-starved steel industry has suffered due to the ban on mining and RK Goyal, MD of Kalyani Steel clarified that the refund that the apex court is talking about is related to the reclamation and rehabilitation (R&R) programmes of mines. R&R plans are currently being implemented for category-A mines and post regulatory clearances, ore from the category-A mines are going to flow into the business, he added.
Similarly, category-B mines will also have to obtain clearances before being operational, said Goyal. He also expects 4.5 million tonne of ore to come from category-A mines in the next 12 months.
In order to secure all the necessary approvals and start mining, it will take another six to twelve months, opined Goyal. He also informed that at present inventories in Karnataka basically rely on NMDC and it is currently producing 0.7 million tonne of iron ore per month.
Here is the edited transcript of the interview on CNBC-TV18.
Q: If you can tell us what actually the Supreme Court order said and what are we to understand in terms of what it means to the ore availability in Karnataka? Should we assume that category B mines will be opened in due course?
A: Yesterday's order is based on the report submitted on September 27, 2012. Almost similar report was also submitted by Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) long time back. Now, the Supreme Court has given its judgment based on this report which was submitted and it has paved the way forward regarding how and in what manner category B mines are to be opened.
First of all, the supreme court in its earlier judgment had said that R&R plan has to be in place for category B mines like category A mines. At the same time, all the permissions are to be obtained whether it is mining scheme, mining plant, forest clearance or environmental clearance. So all the approvals need to be in place.
At the same time, the irregularities in category B mines, whether it is concerned with illegal mining outside the sanctioned area or illegal dumping of over burden or use of roads, office etc they have to pay the fine and Supreme Court has accepted the recommendation that Rs 5 crore per hectare is to be paid as fine for illegal mining and Rs 1 crore per hectare for dumping or over burden.
This money has to be paid in addition to the estimated expenditure for implementation of R&R plan. Once R&R plan is implemented by the miner then this money will be paid to him or it will get adjusted.
Q: We want to know when is the next hearing and when will the first category B mine be opened?
A: R&R plan for almost 18 mines for category A is already approved and that is under implementation. For category-B mines the R&R plan is under approval. A fairly large number of people have submitted their report to Sebi and to ICFRE which ICFRE has yet to approve or recommend. It will then go to CEC and then to the supreme court.
Hence, the first stage is the approval of R&R plan and for the implementation of R&R plan, miners have to simultaneously deposit these fines and obtain all the approvals which are required and then start the mine. To me, it will take anything between six months to one year because most of the approvals have already expired and it takes that much time for completion of the process.
Q: Can you give us a status check on what exactly is the iron ore inventory in Karnataka right now on where exactly the sourcing is taking place from?
A: Currently in Karnataka inventories use ore that is mined by NMDC. Most of the auctions for the metals are the product of this ore, whether it is fine or calibrated ore that is mined by NMDC. It is close to 0.7 million per month.
Tags: Kalyani Steel , Supreme Court, category-B mines , mines , mining , category-A, RK Goyal, iron ore
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