Jharkhand ready to auction gold mines next month
Jharkhand is all set to become the second state in the country to auction gold mine -- two, in this case -- and will come out with tenders for the blocks by April-end or in the first week of May.
The government has already set the ball rolling for the auction process. The state has already successfully auctioned two small limestone blocks in February this year, which are prospecting lease-cum-mining lease (PM-cum-ML). A senior government official said the state will bring out notice inviting tenders (NITs) for the Pahardia block in the West Singhbum district and the Parasi block in the Ranchi district.
Jharkhand had tried to auction its first gold mine in the Pahardia block earlier this year. Three companies, including mining giant Vedanta, had evinced interest, but later it did not participate in the same, he added. The state then shelved the auction, saying it will again invite fresh bids, the official said. Confirming the development, another official said: "Now the state is close to finalising the NITs for Pahardia and Parasi blocks.
They are likely to come out with the NITs either in last week of April or by the first week of May."