Bhubaneswar, September 7 (LocalWire) Odisha iron ore production is likely to fall by 18 per cent to 100 million tonnes this fiscal year due to various restrictions due to coronavirus, a senior officer of the state’s mines department said on Monday.
Thee state, however, is likely to earn Rs.1,000 crore revenue from the mines auctions this year.
Odisha is the highest iron ore producing state in the country.
Joint director mines Umesh Chandra Jena said in 2019-2020 the state had produced 118 million tonnes.
During the April-June quarter, workers did not work at the mines due to shutdown and lockdown.
Besides the execution of the leases for several mines was also delayed and could be done only in June due to same reason, he said.