Centre tells AP, Telangana to speed up mines auction
The Centre on Monday asked Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to expedite the process of auction of mines and setting up of District Mineral Foundation (DMF). Steel and Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao separately in Hyderabad.
Among the issues discussed with Naidu and Rao were setting up of integrated steel plants in both the states, the Mines Ministry said in separate statements. "Among other things, the meeting deliberated over the proposed investment projects in the area of steel and mines, and the need to expedite <g data-gr-id="25">auction</g> of mines and setting up of DMF in these states," the Ministry said. Tomar sought support from AP to <g data-gr-id="27">expedite</g> mines auction. He assured help in the area of detailed exploration by parastatal agencies -- GSI and MECL, it added. "Tomar also proposed that the expertise of MSTC, a PSU under the Ministry of Steel, which conducted coal auctions, could also be harnessed for conducting mineral auctions in the states," it said.
Naidu proposed the setting up of a joint task force of Steel Ministry, its PSUs and AP government to assess economic viability of setting up of a steel plant. "The Chief Minister requested for including APMDC in the list of exploration agencies, to which Tomar assured positive action in 30 days," the statement said. Projects on the anvil in AP, which were taken up at the meeting, included setting up of an integrated steel plant in YSR District, grant of clearance and approval to steel PSUs for expanding marketing network, allied production facilities and support required to establish bauxite mining and Alumina refinery in the state. In his meeting with Rao, Tomar proposed that Geological Survey of India (GSI) and the Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL) can assist the state in assessing its mineral resources for revenue generation, a statement said.
"Similarly state can consider utilising the services of MSTC for auctioning of mines for <g data-gr-id="21">monetisation</g> of mineral resources," it added. The meeting also discussed the status of the proposal to set up a 3 million tonnes per annum steel plant in Telangana. SAIL has prepared a feasibility report and carried out site inspection and market analysis for the same.