Odisha steel and mines minister Rajani Kanta Mishra told HT: “After verifying the violations, the state mining department has served the notices to the mining companies.”
A Tata Steel spokesperson said, “The government of India has recently brought out a notification defining the irregularities in mining operations and illegal mining. This...is an important aspect of the...demand put forward by the state government. We are confident of resolving the issue with the government amicably.”
Officials said although the penalties had been calculated on the basis of market prices, the companies were expected to challenge the order in court.