Jharkhand government has written to Mittal Steel promising a total 600 tonnes of iron ore after it announces a 12-million tonne steel project in Orissa.
"We have sent a Letter of Comfort. We have said in the letter that we will give 400 tonnes plus 200 tonnes of iron ore to Mittal Steel among other things," Mines and Geology Secretary S K Satpathy told PTI today.
Jharkhand had agreed to provide iron ore reserves of 400 tonnes for the first 30 years of operation and another 200 tonnes for the next 20 years for the two-phase project as per the MoU signed in October last year by the two sides for a greenfield steel project.
Jharkhand government's initiative comes in the wake of steel tycoon L N Mittal announcing setting up a steel project in neighbouring Orissa and expressing unhappiness of the pace of work in Jharkhand.
"The Mittal project in Jharkhand is absolutely right on track," he said in reply to a query.
Jharkhand government is showing urgency in extending the maximum help to Mittal Steel, sources in the industry department said.