Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) is set to bag a 2,028-hectare block in the Rowghat iron ore mine deposits in Chhattisgarh to feed its flagship unit, the Bhilai Steel Plant, as it has obtained the final clearance from the environment and forest ministry.
“Bhilai Steel has obtained the final clearance from the ministry early this month for the Rowghat project,” an official told media today, adding that company had been seeking the deposit since 1983.
The Bhilai plant, located 30 km west of capital Raipur, has been desperately looking for alternative deposits as its lone existing source of iron ore at Dalli Rajhara in Durg district is expected to run dry in three-four years.
The Rowghat F block deposits, located 185 km south of Bhilai, is spread out in the districts of Narainpur and Kanker and has estimated reserves of 511 million tonnes.
The final clearance came earlier this month. (IANS)