SC lifts ban on 18 Iron Ore Mines in K'taka

The Supreme Court today lifted the ban on Iron Ore mining in 18, category A mines in Bellary, Chitradurga and Timkur districts of Karnataka. The court's forest bench headed by Justice Aftab Alam said that the lifting of the ban was subject to their compliance with statutory clearances, and mining operations will commence only upon the satisfaction of the monitoring committee. The lift is likely to open up about 5 million tonnes a year of Iron Ore production again.