Odisha Mining Auction’s last Kanther-Koira Manganese Block put for Auction

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By Anurjay Dhal

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha Mining Auction which has started on January 31 is nearing to end with the Directorate of Mines on Tuesday put the 18th Block as last one in the current bidding for auction. Due to court case, auction for Badampahar block under Rairangpur circle in Mayurbhanj held by Lal Trade Agency Pvt Ltd, a group company of Ghanshyama Misra and Sons Pvt Ltd, which retained its Gorumahisani block put on hold.

Officials sources said, Kanther-Koira Manganese Block of Rungta Mines Ltd, the last working mines has come under the hammer. Six companies including the lessee RML , Yazdani, TP Sao, Vedanta, Anand Exports & PM Granite are in the race for the mines. Kanther-Koira manganese block has an estimated reserve of 0.615 MT. RML Group has till now lost all its running blocks and fighting to defend its last empire in Odisha’s mineral rich Keonjhar-Sundargarh region.

Earlier, Agrasen Sponge Industries Pvt Ltd has bagged Katasahi manganese block on late Monday.The Company won the bid by committing to pay 130.30 per cent of the average sale price to the Odisha government. Rungta Sons Pvt Ltd was the current lease holder.

Yazdani Power and Steel Ltd, TP Sao and Sons Pvt Ltd, Rungta Sons Pvt Ltd and PM Granite Export Pvt Ltd were also in the race for the mine with an estimated reserve of 0.667 MT.

Katasahi Manganese Mines block was the 17th of the 19th mines put for auction. The present lease holder is Rungta Sons Pvt Ltd. RML Group lost all its running mines in current bidding.

Katasahi manganese block has an estimated reserve of 0.667 MT.

Earlier, Jagat Janani Pvt Ltd bagged the Jururi Iron Ore Block in Odisha on Monday (February 17). It was 16th of 19th mines put for auction. Earlier lease holder was Kalinga Mining Corporation.

Jagat Janani Pvt Ltd has bagged Jururi iron ore block by committing to pay 126.23 per cent of the average sale price to the Odisha government, sources said on Monday.

Initially, 17 mining companies had bid for the iron ore block in Keonjhar district with an estimated reserve of 270 MT.

Besides Jagat Janani Pvt Ltd and the existing lessee Kalinga Mining Corporation, Kashvi International Private Limited, Lal Trades & Agencies Pvt Ltd, Pravakara Sahoo and Sociedad De Fomento Industrial Pvt Ltd. made it to the final race, the sources added.

Earlier, Kolkata based Tarama Apartment Pvt Ltd, a Group Company of Gurukul Homes Pvt Ltd late on Saturday night (February 15)Bagged the Teherai Iron Ore Block in Odisha’s mineral rich Keonjhar-Sundargarh region. It was the 16th of the 19th mines put for auction. The company won the mines by committing to pay 93.06 per cent of the average sale price to the Odisha government. The Teherai mine has a reserve of 8.90 MT of iron ore and 0.055 MT manganese.

Five companies including Lal Trades, Anand Export, Yazdani, Tarama Apartment Pvt Ltd, and Essel Mining were in the race for the composite mines but Tarama Apartment bagged it by committing to pay highest premium.

Tarama Apartment Pvt Ltd’s Group company Gurukul Homes Pvt Ltd is engaged in Real Estate, construction & offloading of residential and commercial complexes in the state of Odisha since 2007.The Company first ventured with PANCHAWATI RESIDENCY, a multi-storied apartment complex comprising of 60 flats in Barbil in Keonjhar in Odisha

On Friday (February 14), Kashvi International Pvt Ltd bagged the Jaribahal iron ore block in the ongoing mining auction in Odisha. The Keonjhar-based company won the mines by committing to pay 150 per cent of the average sale price to the Odisha government.

Surprising all, Kashvi International Pvt Ltd on Friday(February 14) bagged the Jaribahal iron ore block in the ongoing mining auction in Odisha. The iron ore mines was earlier with by Patnaik Minerals.

Odisha’s Keonjhar-based company won the mines by committing to pay 150 per cent of the average sale price to the Odisha government, said an official.

Spread over an area of 106.53 ha, Jaribahal iron ore block has an estimated iron ore reserve of 7.15 MT.

Nine companies- Kashvi, Yazdani, Patnaik Steel, Gallant Ispat, Ramgad sponge, Amalgam, CP Sponge & MGM Mineral were in the race for the mines but Kashvi International Pvt Ltd bagged Jaribahal Iron Ore Block.

On Thursday(February 13), Odisha-based miner Debabrata Behera bagged Siljora-Kalimati iron ore and manganese block at 154%, the highest-quoted premium so far in the ongoing mining auction in the state.The lease of Siljora-Kalimati iron ore and manganese block was with ML Rungta.

Odisha-based miner Debabrata Behera bagged Siljora-Kalimati iron ore and manganese block at 154%, the highest-quoted premium so far in the ongoing mining auction in the State on Thursday(February 13).The lease of Siljora-Kalimati iron ore and manganese block was with ML Rungta.

The composite mine has an estimated reserve of 0.72 MT iron ore and 3.846 MT manganese. This is the 14th of 19 mines enlisted for auction in Odisha.

Yazdani International (P) Ltd had bagged Kalmong iron ore and manganese block at a premium of 100 per cent on Wednesday(February 12).On Tuesday(February 11), Vishal LPG Fuels Pvt Ltd bagged another composite mine, Nadidih iron ore and manganese mine in Sundargarh district.

Like KJS Ahluwalia and Prasant Ahluwalia brothers, the Chaibasa, Jharkhand headquarters, Rungta Mines Group too isolated in the current bidding. Ahluwalia Brothers lost 3 of their major Blocks while RML Group lost around 4 to 5 Blocks till now.

Lessee Ghanashyam Misra and Sons Pvt Ltd Mishra & Sons Pvt Ltd on Tuesday (February 11) retained Gorumahisani iron ore block in Odisha auction at a premium of 115 per cent.

On Sunday (February 9), Goa-based mining form Sociedad De Fomento Industrial Pvt Ltd bagged Nadidih iron ore block by committing to pay the average sale of 141.25 per cent to the state government.

Patnaik Minerals Pvt Ltd bagged Mahulsukha iron ore and manganese mines in Odisha, which went under the hammer, at a premium of 92.70 per cent on Saturday (February 8).

On Friday (February 4), Kolkata-based Khatua Narbheram & Co. retained the Roida II iron ore mines at a premium of 90.90 per cent.

JSW has won four blocks – Nuagaon (January 31),Narayanposhi (February 2) and Ganua (February 5) and Jajang (January 6) – with total ore reserve of 1,138.34 million tonnes.

Shyam Ore bagged the Jilling-Langalota iron ore block in Odisha’s Keonjhar district by committing to pay 135 per cent of average sale price to the Odisha government on Wednesday (February 5).

On Tuesday (February 4), Serajuddin and Co retained Balda iron ore block during the auction that went past midnight (2.41 am). ArcelorMittal India Pvt Ltd had won Thakurani iron ore block notified for auction.

Meanwhile, till late Saturday night, as many as 16 out of the 19 Iron Ore and Manganese Blocks under Joda-Koira-Rairangpur mining circles of Odisha’s mineral rich Keonjhar,Sundargarh and Mayurbhanj districts have been auctioned so far.

Tarama Apartment late on Saturday night (February 15)Bagged the Teherai Iron Ore Block in Odisha’s mineral rich Keonjhar-Sundargarh region. It was the 16th of the 19th mines put for auction.

The company won the mines by committing to pay 96.06 per cent of the average sale price to the Odisha government. The Teherai mine has a reserve of 8.90 MT of iron ore and 0.055 MT manganese.

The premium offered by various Merchant Miners and Big Steel makers to bag to these mines blocks have raised many eyebrows as to how the new lease holders will manage  it. It may be noted here that mining sector in Odisha was badly hit over the past 5 years due to a scam worth Rs 80,000 crore and several round of probes are going on but another Big Scam is in offing considering the high premium offered by bidders in ongoing mining bidding.

Sajjan Jindal led JSW Steel topping the list with 4 Big mines followed by Serajuddin and Co and its subsidiary Yazdani International, Kashiv International -Debabrata Behera, ArcellorMittal India Pvt Ltd, Shaym, Ore, Patnaik Minerals Pvt Ltd, KN Ram Mines Pvt Ltd, Sociedad De Fomento Industrial Pvt Ltd, Vishal LPG Fuels Pvt Ltd and Ghanshyam Mishra and Sons Pvt Ltd so far won blocks while big players like KJS Ahluwalia and Prasant Ahluwalia brothers, Essel Mining and Industries Ltd of Aditya Birla Group , the Chaibasa, Jharkhand headquarters, Rungta Mines Group were among those isolated in the current bidding. Ahluwalia Brothers lost 3 of their major Blocks while RML Group lost around 5 Blocks till now followed by couple of blocks of EMIL.

Meanwhile, several activists in Bhubaneswar alleged about irregular, conspiracy-driven iron ore auctions as they argued that premiums crossing as high as 150% and more.“The current bidding has widened abundant scale for a massive Mining Scam and the Naveen Patnaik led BJD Government has to clarify about the aggressive bidding, which will promote mining scam,” said an activist.

“The aggressive biddings with an aim to loot the Odisha’s valuable iron ore are the reasult of a nexus between a few Industrial Houses, close to the power corridor, political leaders, bureaucrats and Mines Contractors,” said he. He also raised finger towards a nexus between Sajjan Jindal of JSW Steel and B Prabhakaran of Thriveni Earth Movers Pvt Ltd, the most talked about Mining Contractor.

The first block that was auctioned for Nuagaon mines of 792.93 MnT reserves was won by JSW Steel Ltd with 95.2 per cent bidding for the block. The second block was auctioned for Narayanaposhi mines with 190.6 MnT reserves and was also won by JSW Steel with its bid at 98.55 per cent. The JSW Steel bagged the 14th iron ore block in auction by committing to pay 110 per cent of the sale to the State Government for Jajang in Keonjhar district.

 The Thakurani(reserves 180 MnT), fetched a premium at 107.55 per cent and was won by ArcelorMittal. The Balda iron ore (reserves 210.17 MnT) was retained by Serajuddin and Co. at a premium of 118.05 per cent. Shyam Ore even bagged the Jilling-Langalota iron ore block in Keonjhar district by committing to pay 135 per cent of sale to the Odisha Government. The Tata Steel, Steel Authority of India Limited and JSPL have not been bidding aggressively, sources said.

This premium is a percentage of the price of the iron ore that is set by the Indian Bureau of Mines each month for different States and grades. The premium will be taken by the State. So Serajuddin and Co. which owned at a premium of 118.05 per cent will pay 118.05 percent of the monthly value of the IBM set price of iron ore to the State Government. This will be on per tonne of iron ore sold by the company. Many small players like Shyam Ore, Debabrata Behera, Kashiv International and KN Ram will also pay high premium ranging from 100% to 150%.

Apart from the premium , the new owners will pay to the State Government a royalty of 15 percent of base price, DMF  fund contribution 30 percent of royalty and National Mineral Exploration Trust of 2  per cent of royalty that will be charged separately on the base price. Premium and royalty will be charged on sales of iron ore, sources added.

The high premiums will lead to illegal mining, unethical market manipulation, rate fixing and other massive mines corruption. Since many of the large companies are emerging as the winners, they will become the new price makers in the market and the ultimate burden will pass to the consumers, they alleged.

They expressed grave concern over the manipulated system of iron ore mining business in the State, urged the Government to act immediately to ensure the interest of the State and the people was protected.

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