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Iron ore exports stopped

Rajulapudi Srinivas

Customs officials told not to permit exports from KPCL



Vital link: Iron ore being dumped at Krishnapatnam Port in Nellore district.

NELLORE: Subsequent to the orders to stop mining operations in six mines in Anantapur district a couple of days ago, the State government has suspended the iron ore exports from Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited (KPCL), located at Krishnapatnam village in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district.

The Mines and Geology Department officials on Friday served notices to the KPCL officials to stop the export operations from the port immediately. The Vigilance officials of the department have also asked the port authorities to submit a report on the iron ore stock position in the port.

The KPCL which started its operations from July 2008 is exporting iron ore, granite, coal and fertilizers to China, Singapore, South Africa and Paradeep through Bay of Bengal. The ore which was extracted from Obulapuram Mining Company and other mines in Anantapur district, was being transported to Krishnapatnam Port via Kadapa district. Recently, the State government has also proposed to lay railway line from Anantapur to Venkatachalam mandal in Nellore district for transporting iron ore to Krishnapatnam Port.

On June 4, 2009 the AP Rythu Cooli Sangam leaders filed a petition in State Human Rights Commission alleging that about 150 persons died in accidents caused by the iron ore lorries in Nellore district and urged the government to stop ore transportation from the district.

Speaking to The Hindu Mines and Geology (Vigilance) Assistant Director S. Sambaiah said, following the directions of the government we gave in writing to the KPCL officials to stop the iron ore exports from the port with immediate effect. The government has also directed the Customs and Excise Department officials not to permit ore exports from the port, he said.

“We asked the Krishnapatnam Port authorities to submit a report on iron ore stock position in the port, but there was no response. Officials will visit the port on Saturday and collect the stocks position”, said Mr.Sambaiah.

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