Indian Mining Industry


Mining-CoalINDIAN MINING INDUSTRY AT A GLANCE IN 2013 - 2014 Mining-Coal

The Indian Mining industry touched a new low with the ban on iron ore mining in Goa continued throughout 2013. Production of the iron ore mineral in Karnataka is also yet to stabilise. Many mines in the Southern state are yet to reopen for want of clearances from the Supreme Court. The Indian economy felt the impact of mining bans in 2013.

While the Indian GDP grew at the rate of 4.6% in the first half of the current fiscal, the mining sector continued its negative growth trend of two previous fiscals and contracted by 1.6% during April-September, 2013. Output of the mining sector, with a weight of about 14% in Index of Industrial Production (IIP), had shrunk by 2.7% during April-October 2013 as against a contraction of 1%.

Indian Mining industry in 2013-2014
Indian iron ore production is expected to end at around the same levels of 2012-13 (136 MT) in the current fiscal as well, which will be a decline of over 62% from the peak of 218 MT achieved in 2009-10.

The mining ban also led to Indian firms going for large scale iron ore imports in 2013, which was in stark contrast to India's image of being the third largest iron ore exporter. While there is hardly any export happening, hovered around 7-8 MT in 2013-14.

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