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UK firms seeks green clearance from govt for diamond mine

Setting its sight on a diamond mine located in Bundelkhand, a UK-based mining firm has sought green clearance from the environment ministry for the project worth millions of dollars.

Rio Tinto, which has a global diamond exploration portfolio encompassing six continents, has already secured 'in-principle approval to the issue of a mining lease' for the Bunder Diamond project via a 'Letter of Intent' from Madhya Pradesh government.

The application, however, is likely to meet hurdles with the MoEF's expert appraisal committee terming it as a 'violation case' as the mine was in operation without clearance since 2004. The mine is reported to be closed since 14 November last year.

The Committee has prepared a Terms of Reference for undertaking detailed environmental impact assessment.
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