Aditya Birla Group wins bid for Madhya Pradesh’s Bunder Diamond Mine
Aditya Birla Group’s company Essel Mining has won the bid for the Bunder Diamond Mine in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhattarpur district and will acquire mining rights with a 50-year government lease.
Aditya Birla Group beat four other large industrial businesses to acquire rights to mine diamonds in Madhya Pradesh, the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council announced on its website. The business won the bid at an online auction and now must deposit a sum at 10% of the performance guarantee amount before receiving a Letter of Intent to proceed.
The diamond mine is estimated to have reserves of around 34 million carats, according to the GJEPC citing media reports. The mine was initially developed by Anglo-Australian multinational mining corporation Rio Tinto around 10 years ago. However, the mine has lay dormant since the business withdrew from the project citing clearance and permission delays and handed the mine back to the Indian government.
Re-opening the mine is expected to provide local employment and increase the Madhya Pradesh state government’s revenue. The announcement comes at a time when the Indian diamond polishing industry is experiencing a slowdown, especially in diamond hub Surat.
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