Mr Beni Prasad Verma minister of steel has said that the government have no proposal so far, to reopen the iron ore mine in the area of Kudremukh National Park. However, a part of the loose secondary weathered ore lying in the already broken up area, is posing environmental and ecological threat to the surroundings, particularly to river Bhadra.
To protect from the possible ecological damage, the government has filed an IA No. 3087/2011 before the Hon’ble Supreme Court for allowing Kudremukh Iron Ore Cooperation Ltd for removing approximately 20 million tonnes of loose secondary weathered ore without any drill or blasting.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha he said that KIOCL Ltd. is not in the possession of any forest land falling in the Kudremukh National Park. Even the part of forest land which was under lease for mining to KIOCL Ltd has been handed over to Forest Department of government of Karnataka in compliance with the order of Hon’ble Supreme Court. Subsequently, government of Karnataka had included an area of 3703.55 ha of forest land into the Kudremukh National Park vide its Gazette Notification dated January 9th 2007