Bhubaneswar: Bisra Stone Lime Company Limited (BSLC), a subsidiary of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), will resume operations in Odisha’s Sundargarh district, informed Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting convened by Pradhan in the presence of Minister of State for Steel Faggan Singh Kulaste, Sundargarh MP Jual Oram, Biramitrapur MLA Shankar Oram and senior officials of the Steel Ministry, SAIL and RINL.
The BSLC had ceased operations this month due to a cash crunch. “We took a serious note of the issue and expeditiously called this meeting. SAIL and RINL have agreed to provide trade advance to BSLC and assured purchase of dolomite for immediate resumption of its mining activities,” said Pradhan.
“This will ensure workers and vendors of BSLC are not affected negatively. We shall work on taking relevant measures for ensuring long term revival and ceaseless operations in future,” he added.
BSLC has been mining and marketing limestone and dolomite in Sundargarh district since 1910. It has been an important source of economic activity and livelihood in the tribal dominated region.