The Minister of Mines, Shri Sis Ram Ola informed the Lok Sabha today that steel production in the year 2007-08 was reported at 53.90 million tonnes, with an estimated iron ore consumption of 80 million tonnes. The Working Group on Steel Industry for the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2011) has estimated that the total requirement of iron ore in the country will be 130 million tonnes by 2011-12.
Geological Survey of India (GSI) had been carrying out exploration for iron ore upto 1982-83 field season, and it again resumed its exploration for iron ore in field season of 1997-98. Currently in field season 2007-08, GSI is carrying out regional exploration for iron-ore in the states of Jharkhand (West Singhbhum district), Orissa (Kendujhar district), Karnataka (Bellary and Gadag districts), Tamil Nadu (Namakkal district) Chattisgarh (Kanker district) and Rajasthan (Jaipur, Sikar, Dhausa, Jhunjhunnu and Alwar districts). During the XIth Plan, GSI proposes to extend its exploration activities for iron-ore in the states of Andhra Pradesh (Anantapur district), Madhya Pradesh (Jabalpur, Katni, Sidhi, Gwalior and Shivpuri districts), Maharashtra (Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts) and Chattishgarh (Durg district).