Amid escalating protests against Adani Enterprises Limited at Bailadila hill’s iron ore deposit no-13 in Dantewada district, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday announced to immediately halt deforestation in affected area at village Hiroli.
State Government said that proper action would be taken after checking illegal cutting of trees. It also said that it would investigate complaints received against the Gram Sabha which gave its consent for the project at its meeting held in year 2014.
In another major decision, the state government said that its concerned department would initiate correspondence with the central government about the matter immediately. The state government also decided to put an immediate halt on actions related to the project.
While Adani group’s spokesperson said in a written statement on Tuesday “as an owner of the Iron Ore Deposit-13 at Kirandul, a joint venture of central and state PSUs NMDC CMDC Limited itself has been engaged in availing regulatory permissions and meeting the legal conditions.’’
Rs Rs In 2018, NMDC CMDC Limited appointed Adani Enterprises Limited (AEL) as mere Mining Contractor through transparent competitive bidding process. AEL has not commenced its project yet and will initiate any activity only after all the mandatory requirements are met by the owner NMDC CMDC Limited,’’ the statement further read. “As on today, Mining Contractor AEL does not have any presence in Kirandul for mining purposes,’’ the statement read.
The NMDC CMDC Limited owns the iron ore resources and AEL will provide support only as an experienced and responsible Mining Contractor. To commence mining activities, Central PSU NMDC Limited and State PSU, Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation Ltd formed a joint venture in 2008.
“NMDC conducted Gram Sabhas between July 2014, availed environment clearance in 2015 and forest clearance in January 2017. Subsequently, in 2017, mining lease was transferred to the government owned joint venture company the NMDC-CMDC Ltd (NCL),’’ Adani group’s press release informed. In January 2018, at least ten companies expressed interests to participate in the international competitive bid for Development and Operation of Bailadila Iron Ore, Deposit no. 13. The short-listing of bidders was done on the basis of prescribed technical and financial qualification requirements as per the terms and conditions of the tender.
Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL) was selected as successful bidder through transparent reverse bidding process. In late 2018, the NCL appointed AEL as Mining Contractor by awarding Iron ore mining contract.