The Supreme Court of India allowed mining companies to export iron ore extracted from mines in the Karnataka districts of Ballari, Chitradurga, and Tumakuru. A bench consisting of Chief Justice N V Ramana, Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli took note of the Central government’s position and withdrew the export ban on iron ore, while instructing the companies to adhere to the authorities’ restrictions.
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- The highest court barred iron ore exports from Karnataka in 2012, with the goal of preventing environmental degradation and ensuring that the state’s mineral resources be maintained for future generations as part of the notion of inter-generational equality.
- The order was issued in response to mining companies’ requests to lift previous restrictions on the sale and export of iron ore, which had been imposed due to widespread violations.
- Taking into account all of the factors, the SC leaned toward favouring the applicants’ request and granting them permission to sell the already excavated iron ore stockpile at various mines and stockyards in the districts of Bellary, Tumkur, and Chitradurga in the state of Karnataka without resorting to the e-auction process.
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