Ports in the Chennai region and Mormugoa will soon
resume iron ore exports as the Supreme Court lifted the ten year old ban
imposed on mining in some districts in Karnataka on environmental grounds.
The apex court in
its order on May 20 permitted mining firms in Bellary, Chitradurgah and
Tumakuru to resume excavation of iron ore and export them.
A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices
Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli took note of the stand of the Central government
and lifted the curb on export of iron ore. It directed the export firms to
observe the conditions imposed by the authorities.
“We grant appellants permission to sell already
excavated iron ore stock in three
Karnataka districts and permission granted to allocate iron ore by entering
into direct contracts without resorting to e-auction. Permission granted to
applicant to export iron ore produced in Karnataka to countries abroad but in
terms of Government of India policies,” it said.
Iron ore exports
from Karnataka were banned in 2012 by the apex court with an aim to preventing environmental degradation and
to ensure that the mineral resources of the state are preserved for future
generations as part of the concept of inter-generational equity.
The order was passed on pleas of mining firms seeking
the lifting of curbs on sale and export of iron ore imposed earlier on account
of rampant violations.