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Iron ore e-auction to attract investment


The e-auction of iron ore blocks started by the Rajasthan mines department in Karauli will attract new investment­s in steel and cement sectors in the surroundin­g area as well, the state government expects. The move will also help create employment opportunit­ies and boost revenue.

The state mines department recently started the eauction for the composite licence of four iron ore blocks in Karauli and has made the tender document available for sale on the central government’s MSTC portal.

Rajasthan is one of the richest states in terms of availabili­ty and variety of minerals in the country, producing over 57 different minerals.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma, who holds the mining portfolio, said there had been indication­s of more

Move will help create job opportunit­ies and boost revenue

than 840 million tonnes of iron ore deposits in Khoda, Dadaroli, Todupura, and Liloti near Hindaun city in Karauli. “New deposits of iron ore will also create new opportunit­ies for industrial developmen­t and employment in the state,” he said. The CM said many industries, including the coal washing, ferroalloy, foundries, ceramic, and cement industry, would be able to get raw material for years. Employment and income opportunit­ies would also develop with the setting up of new industries in the state. The mines department is running a statewide campaign against illegal mining activities for the past 15 days while the auction of major and minor blocks is ongoing. “The department has issued a notice for e-auction of all four blocks of Karauli iron ore. Detailed informatio­n in this regard can be obtained from the department’s website and the MSTC portal,” said State’s Secretary of Mines Anandhi.

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