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Green panel wants Coal India arm’s Jharkhand project cleared

The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) ‘while accepting the commitments and action plan of the proponent, recommended granting the EC (environment clearance) with... specific conditions’, according to an official document.

The conditions include that the colony people are supplied with treated drinking water, sewerage treatment plant be made operational in 300 days and the baseline survey and evaluation of projects for corporate social responsibility (CSR) be completed within one year. The Committee observed that Central Coalfield Ltd has submitted the action plan along with commitment to comply with earlier environment clearance conditions which were not completely compiled with.

The proposal was for expansion of Govindpur Ph-II open cast coal mining project from 1.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to 2.0 MTPA of Central Coalfields Ltd in district Hazaribag, Jharkhand. It was earlier considered in the Expert Appraisal Committee meeting held in December, and the Committee had sought some information to further look into the proposal.

Coal India Ltd, which accounts for over 80 per cent of the domestic coal production, is awaiting environment and forestry clearances pertaining to its 241 projects. At present, 48 environmental clearance proposals, having a capacity of about 109 MTPA, are awaiting clearances at different levels.

Also, 193 forestry proposals are awaiting clearances either at the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) or at the state levels. As many as 122 environmental clearance proposals for a capacity of 207 million tonnes per annum were approved by the Ministry of Environment and Forests during the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12).
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