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Sunday, February 12, 2012

FIMI favors underground iron ore mining in Western Ghats

Sunday, 12 Feb 2012

The Federation of Indian Mineral Industries has suggested to the government to take up feasibility study of underground mining in Karnataka's Western Ghats.

In addition to 2.16 billion tonnes of haematite ore deposits in Karnataka, there is magnetite ore to the tune of 7.8 billion tonnes.

Mr Basant Poddar chairman of FIMI South said that “FIMI is ready to support feasibility study between northern boundary of Bababudan Giri hills in Kudremukh up to Goa.”

He added that “Underground mining is successfully working beneath Johannesburg in South Africa and Stockholm in Sweden. This is an option the Government has to consider seriously, to tap magnetite iron ore of 7.8 billion tones.”

FIMI office bearers said mining in Goa and Maharashtra is on the Western Ghats. Why is that they have permission to mine and not in Karnataka, they questioned.

(Sourced from BL)

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