Karnataka government curbs illegal mining

January 25, 2011 The Karnataka state government in June 2010 had issued two orders in a bid to curb illegal mining in the state. The government had banned the export of iron ores and also refrained from issuing mineral dispatch permits for exporting such ores.

The mining companies which include MSPL, Mineral Enterprises Sesa Goa, John Mines and others had filed a petition before the Karnataka High Court and had claimed that "the industry is suffering heavy losses due to suspension of all mining activities, the state and central governments have lost about Rs.2,000 crore revenue in the form of customs duty, port handling charges, railway freight, forest development tax, royalty and local taxes since the ban was imposed”.

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