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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday directed that an expert committee report on relief and rehabilitation of the ecologically fragile mining areas in Karnataka be implemented.

The iron ore mining ban was put in place by the Supreme Court in July last year after findings of large-scale illegalities.

Significantly, the court has also accepted a key recommendation on capping the maximum production of iron ore from Bellary and Chitradurga districts at 25 and 5 million metric tonnes respectively. The CEC made this recommendation in order to achieve a sustainable horizon to make reserves last for about 20 years.

The court said it would hear the parties next Friday on the issue of the disposal of existing mining stocks and preparatory work connected to blast furnaces in steel plants, provided that the CEC didn’t object to this activity.

The court put on hold all pleas from companies to allow resumption of mining.

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