Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has stopped iron ore exports of the State through two private ports in Andhra Pradesh, sources said.

The State Government in October had asked all the ports exporting iron ore from Odisha to provide operational details and the mechanism they follow to check illegal exports.

Sources said, permitting the exports through the Gangavaram and Kakinada ports in Andhra Pradesh has been stopped after the port authorities did not respond to the queries.

Meanwhile, the management of Gangavaram Port clarified that, GPL has always been responsive to all requests made by Director of Mines, Govt. of Odisha & Department of Steel and Mines, Govt. of Odisha and /or any statutory authorities for any relevant information regarding Iron Ore fines export from GPL. The management would also like to reiterate that GPL has the best systems and procedures for cargo accounting for Iron ore as well as all other commodities handled by the Port.

Gangavaram Port Ltd (GPL) has provided the data on export of Iron ore fines to DDM office with copy to Department of Steel and Mines, Govt. of Odisha. The data has been provided since beginning of Iron ore exports from GPL, commencing from 2009 till 31 October 2011 and the same has been duly acknowledged by DDM office. All the data provided by GPL is based on ‘Export Shipping Bill’ for the shipments filed with Customs Department.

The data was initially provided to DDM office with copy to Department of Steel and Mines on 07th October 2011. The data was also collected (at Gangavaram Port) and acknowledged in person by designated Mining Officer, Ganjam on 14th October 2011. The senior GPL executives met the officials at DDM and Department of Steel and Mines on at Bhubaneswar on 14th November 2011 and 15th November 2011 and handed over the data to them personally and receipt was acknowledged by the officials.

GPL again reaffirms its commitment to share any and all required information related to Iron Ore fines exports from GPL as may be required by Department of Steel and Mines, Govt. of Odisha and /or any statutory authorities.