MINERAL exploration works at Mount Kasi and its surrounding areas in Cakaudrove have not started yet.
Mineral Resources Department director Malakai Finau said the process for granting the mineral prospecting licence was in its final stages.
He refuted recent reports which stated that mineral exploration works at Mt Kasi had started.
"This is incorrect, misleading as well as mischievous," Mr Finau said.
"We are aware that some of their landowners in Suva are not supportive of the project because of reasons known only to them.
"A joint consultation between the company, relevant government officials and landowners at the village had been convened to discuss these issues."
He said majority of the villagers supported the resumption of works.