Bhubaneswar: The State Government has identified four iron ore and manganese blocks for the next round of auction. This would be the fifth round of mineral block auction in the State.
The Department of Steel & Mines has initiated the process for notification in this regard, said official sources.
The listed areas are Netrabandha Pahar West Iron Ore block in Sundargarh district and Rengalbeda North West Iron Ore block, Unchabali Iron and Manganese block and Kalimati Manganese block in Keonjhar district.
The Netranbandha Pahar East block was set for auction in the first phase and the Bhusan Power & Steel Limited had bagged it. Now, Netrabandha Pahar West Iron Ore block would be put into auction.
While this iron ore block is rich in resources, the Unchabali and Kalimati Iron Ore and Manganese blocks have limited amounts of deposits, sources said.
The High Level Committee (HLC) headed by the Development Commissioner has already given green signal for putting into auction of the four blocks. Auction is likely to be taken up in June, said sources in Directorate of Mines.