The e-auction of iron ore this month in Karnataka has received a lukewarm response from steel manufacturers, thanks to the high price of ore on offer.
More than 40 companies are believed to be in the fray for the NMDC e-auctioned iron ore.
“The quality of ore being offered though the e-auction route is not of the desired level,” Srinivasa Rao, secretary, Karnataka Iron and Steel Manufacturers Association told HT.
The government, however, denied that ore was being sold at a higher price and was confident that it would find takers by the end of this month.
“Our target this month is to auction 75 lakh tonnes and I am sure we will achieve that,” said HR Srinivasa, director, department of mines, Karnataka.