Kolkata: Bhilai Steel Plant’s (BSP) efforts to get the Rowghat iron ore mines, key to its expansion and modernisation plans under SAIL’s corporate plan 2011-12, has received a boost with the Indian Bureau of Mines approving the mining plan.
“Indian Bureau of Mines, Nagpur, under the Ministry of Mines has approved the BSP’s mining plan for Rowghat,” a BSP spokesman said.
The approval of the mining plan submitted for the grant of mining lease in Rowghat, located in Bastar and Kanker districts of Chhattisgarh, came as a boost for BSP that was scheduled to expand its hot metal capacity to 7.5 million tonnes by 2010 from the present 5 million tonnes under SAIL’s corporate plan.
The Rowghat mines were crucial for BSP as the reserves at its captive mines at Dalli-Rajhara were fast depleting.
He said Chhattisgarh government had given its formal consent to BSP’s plan for mining iron ore at Rowghat, which was prepared by the Central Mining Research Institute, Dhanbad.
The consent of the state government was a necessary pre-requisite for the IBM to approve the plan, he added.
With the mining plan approved by IBM, the Chhattisgarh government could move the Union Environment and Forest Ministry for clearance. Reports from the Botanical Survey of India and Zoological Survey of India on the same had been submitted, he said.
The state government is moving fast to get the MOU finalised for laying the railway lines to Rowghat, he said.