Indian Kerala High Court rules in favour of beach sand mining by private companies

By Kasia Patel
Published: Tuesday, 02 December 2014

The decision to allow beach sand mining of rutile and ilmenite by private companies has been one of contention between the state government and the high court. The government’s latest appeal has now been dismissed and it is expected to release a roadmap on how to proceed with the issue shortly. Currently only state-owned companies are permitted to mine and opposition to private mining allegedly stems from the desire to grant public sector companies priority.

The Kerala High Court in India has dismissed the state government’s appeal against a decision allowing private companies from mining mineral beach sands in the state, which are rich in titanium, ilmenite and rutile.

According to local media reports, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told India TV News that Industry...

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