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CIL facing actual environment clearance order

Posted on Nov 13, 03:45PM | UNI

Public sector Maharatna Coal India Limited is finding a peculiar problem to move ahead as it is not getting actual environmental clearances from the Environment Assessment Committee (EAC), in spite of a lot of talk about it.

CIL's director (technical) N Kumar told India Coal Market Watch (ICMW), 'We are indeed getting environmental clearances, but the problem is that although the EAC is granting the clearances, we are not getting the actual order in hand.' On the progress of getting forest clearances for its projects, Kumar said, 'There has been some improvement, but this is a continuous process.' 'Once we start getting clearances, we hope that our production growth rate would be back on track of more than 6-8 per cent growth which was witnessed during the first three years of the XIth Plan,' Kumar said.

'We have only two issues before us for increasing coal production. One is getting timely clearances and the second is infrastructure bottlenecks. If these two are managed, we will be strongly back on our growth path,' he added.