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51 CIL projects awaiting forest, environmental clearances

Posted on Dec 14, 04:54PM | UNI

About fifty-one new projects of Coal India Limited (CIL), scheduled to be executed in 12th Plan, are still waiting for final stage forestry and environmental clearances, a Coal ministry official said.

Of the total, 22 projects are awaiting forestry clearances while 29 proposals for environmental clearances, India Coal Market Watch (ICMW) quoted the environment official as saying.

A total of 56 forestry clearance proposals were accorded final approval during the 12th Plan (2007-12) of which two proposals were accorded forestry clearance during the current year (2012-13) and another 22 proposals are awaiting for approval in the final stages, the official said.

Regarding environmental clearances, the official said approvals were accorded to 122 proposals of which six proposals were accorded environmental clearance during the current year and another 29 proposals are awaiting approval in the final stages.

It is mandatory to obtain Environment and Forest clearance (wherever forest land is involved) and complete the land acquisition process for taking up coal mining projects.

However, the procedural delays in processing of the proposals for Environment Clearance and Forests Clearance (EC and FC), land acquisition and related Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R and R) of the Projects Affected Persons (PAPs) are the major reasons for delay in implementation of the projects which in turn affect the planned production.

Meanwhile, the CIL identified 27 blocks for development through outsourcing.

The CIL is in the process of finalising document for development of 27 identified projects through outsourcing to enhance coal production capacity during the XII five year plan, Minister of State for Coal Pratik Prakash Bapu Patil has said.

CIL has already awarded Bhubaneswari Opencast project of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd and Rajmahal opencast projects of Eastern Coalfields Ltd through open tender to various agencies for mining of coal under long term contract.

Patil said the 27 blocks so identified have a total production capacity of 136.48 million tons per annum (mtpa).

Out of the 27 blocks, 12 are underground mines having capacity of 14.42 mtpa and 15 are opencast project mines having capacity of 122.06 mtpa.