TN may lose right to license mining of beach minerals

TN may lose right to license mining of beach minerals

The eight minerals proposed to be placed in Part D include rare earths group containing uranium and thorium. Pictured is a uranium-ore mining site in AP THOOTHUKUDI: The Union Ministry of Mines has proposed to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957, (MMDR Act) to reform the sector and empower the Centre to auction mineral concessions. The power to issue licences for mining beach minerals now exclusively lies with the States. The ministry has invited public comments and suggestions on the proposed amendments on or before June 15.

Miners say if the proposals take effect private players may be able to mine beach sand minerals again after it was banned in 2019 through an amendment to the MMDR Act.The key amendments proposed include delisting of eight minerals from Part B atomic minerals list of the first schedule and bringing them under the newly created Part D section […]

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