Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL), a Public Sector Undertaking under Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), is engaged in mining and processing of mineral sand containing radioactive elements. IREL has two plants viz.(i) Monazite Processing Plant (MoPP) at Orissa Sands Complex (OSCOM), Chatrapur, Odisha, which extracts strategic compounds from Monazite and (ii) Rare Earths Division (RED), Aluva in Kerala, which is involved in production of high pure rare earths.
The Government has received representation for handing over the land as per the agreed terms and conditions required for mining of sand by IREL, Chavara, Kollam. The matter is under consideration of the Government.