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Mining applications recalled

Ranchi, April 10: The state government has recalled nine applications which it had processed two years ago for captive iron ore mining lease relating to the Ghatkuri area in West Singhbhum after it was discovered that the area had long been reserved exclusively for PSUs during the days of undivided Bihar.

To add to its woes, a check further revealed that a portion of the area, for which recommendations had been made by the state in favour of one of the applicants, fell in the neighbouring state of Orissa.

Following the dramatic developments, one of the aggrieved parties, Adhunik Alloys and Power Ltd, has petitioned the high court for redressal. The high court, while listing April 25 as the next date of hearing, has restrained the government from issuing any order, which might create any right in favour of a third party in respect of the captive mines in question during the pendency of the case.

Sources told The Telegraph that nine firms had applied for iron ore captive mines in Ghatkuri where initial surveys have established deposits of nearly 600 million tonnes of iron ore.

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