The notice inviting tender for Kannur (Wadi Area) limestone block in Karnataka
was floated in November, while that for four limestone mines in Gujarat
was out on March 19.
The mines ministry
had recently released guidelines for the auction of mineral blocks with pre-embedded clearances as it explored ways to address the key issue of delay in mining production due to lack of various approvals such as forest and environment permissions.
The identified blocks would be auctioned along with other blocks without pre-embedded clearances.
Under the guidelines, the Centre has asked states to set up a project monitoring unit (PMU) to complete the preparatory work for obtaining requisite clearances, approvals and related work. The unit would obtain all the clearances for starting a mining project.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had earlier announced various structural reforms in the mining sector as part of the over Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package to boost growth and job creation.
She had announced the auction of 500 blocks and the introduction of a seamless composite exploration-cum-mining-cum-production regime.
So far, 97 mining leases have been allocated through auctions since 2015.