Bhubaneswar: National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has received the Temporary Work Permit (TWP) to resume mining operations at its Panchpatmali Bauxite Mines in Koraput district, Odisha, and the mining activities are in full swing since last evening.
NALCO’s mining operation had stopped since 17th of last month as the company’s mining lease had expired. Though the company was not able to excavate bauxite from its captive Panchpatmali Mines due to want of forest clearance, there was no shut down of its refinery and smelter during this period. Both the units were running using the buffer stock.
It may be mentioned here that the company has utilized the period of mines closure to undertake long-pending maintenance work, like replacing the ropes of the 14.6 km. long conveyor belt, which otherwise would have taken planned shut down of 17 days.
Speaking on this matter, Shri Ansuman Das, NALCO’s Chairman-cum-Managing Director said: “The company has received the TWP from the Union Ministry of Environment & Forests for a period of 1 year. However, we will be pursuing the long-term renewal of mining lease vigorously, so that the same is received well before the TWP expires.”