Green nod for 10 coal mining projects
This is likely to help Coal India meet its targets of producing 750 million tonne in FY21
The Environment Ministry has cleared 10 coal mining projects with a total capacity of 160 million tpa and four washeries that can handle 31 million tpa.
These include Coal India’s projects for seven mines and two washeries with an annual capacities of 141 million tonne and 15 million tonne. In all, the ministry cleared 14 of the 23 projects it considered.
This is likely to help Coal India meet its targets of producing 750 million tonne in FY21, requiring achievement of 14 percent growth over 660 million tonne target for FY20, and one billion tonne target by 2024.
The largest project cleared was for Coal India subsidiary South Eastern Coalfields’ Kusmunda opencast coal mine in Chhattisgarh, which will touch 62.5 million tonne at its peak capacity.
Clearance was also accorded for Eastern Coalfields Rajmahal opencast coal mine project in Jharkhand with an annual production capacity of around 24 million tonne.
Nod was also accorded for Mahanadi Coalfields’ Lakhanpur opencast project in Jharsuguda district, Odisha. It has been allowed to produce 21 million tonne of coal a year for 30 years to 2050.
Northern Coalfields was accorded clearance for Dudhichua opencast project in Sonebhadra district, Uttar Pradesh and Singrauli district in Madhya Pradesh. It has been allowed to produce 17.5 million tonne of coal a year till 2050.
Mahanadi Coalfields got clearance for producing 14 million tonne of coal a year for the next 30 year at its Kulda opencast project in Sundargarh district, Odisha.
Apart from this, Western Coalfields received clearance for 1.85 million tonne for Adasa underground opencast mine in Maharashtra. South Eastern Coalfields received green nod for producing nearly one million tonne for 30 years at Khairaha underground mine project in Madhya Pradesh.
Damodar Valley Corporation received clearance for six million tonne tubed coal mines project in Jharkhand; Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam for 11 million tonne; Kente extension opencast coal mine and integrated washery project in Chhattisgarh.
Singareni Collieries Company got green nod for two million tonne Kalyan Khani opencast project in Telangana.