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Friday, December 2, 2011

Chhattisgarh CM seeks additional iron ore supply from NMDC

Friday, 02 Dec 2011

PTI reported that Chhattisgarh chief minister Dr Raman Singh has called on steel minister Mr Beni Prasad Verma and sought doubling of iron ore supply to 5 million tonnes from National Mineral Development Corporation to state based steel units.

Mr Singh after meeting Mr Verma said “Chhattisgarh is facing a crisis. Our iron and steel mills are on the verge of closure. We have sought the Centre's intervention for doubling it to 5 million tonne from present 2.5 million tonne on priority basis.”

He said “All major iron ore deposits in the state are with NMDC, which is producing about 30 million tonne per annum, but a major part is either exported or supplied to industries outside Chhattisgarh while the industry in state is on the verge of closure.”

He said “Also, there is a substantial increase in the capacity of all units over the years in the state.”

Dr Singh added Mr Verma had assured that the concerns of the industry in the state would be addressed.

(Sourced from PTI)

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