Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Feb 24:
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has granted environment clearance to the state-owned NTPC’s coal mine in Odisha with stipulating specific condition.
According to the MoEF sources, the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) has recommended grant of environment clearance after due deliberations on the submissions of the proponent .
In December last year, the Umion Ccoal Ministry had sought an explanation from NTPC on the slow progress of work on the mine.
However, it has imposed certain conditions including a detailed Resettlement & Rehabilitation (R & R) plan that has to be formulated in consultation with the various stakeholders and a provision of Rs 30-40 crore earmarked for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities in the first five years.
NTPC’s Dulanga coal block in IB Valley coalfields of Odisha, having geological reserves of 260 million tonnes (MT), was allocated to the company in January 2006.
Earlier, the inter-ministerial group on coal blocks had recommended seeking explanation for the slow progress of the coal block. Later, its recommendations were considered and accepted by the Coal Ministry.