India's supreme court has partially lifted a ban on iron ore
mining in the state of Karnataka, according to media reports.
Companies with projects which cover more than 50 hectares will
be allowed to restart mining after their environmental plans
have been approved.
The state government of Karnataka, which has historically
produced around 40 million tpy of iron ore for India's export
market, imposed a blanket ban on mining in the state in 2011
with the aim of curbing illegal operations.
The ban has affected production at steelworks across
Indian iron ore miner Vedanta reported a 25% drop in 2011 iron ore
year-on-year after the blanket mining ban was