Coal executives' association seeks Centre’s approval for CIL project in Assam
The mining operation in the block has been put on hold
An association of coal executives has sought the Centre's intervention for grant of green clearance to Coal India’s (CIL) Tikok open cast project (OCP) in Saleki proposed reserve forest in Assam.
The mining operation in the block has been put on hold.
The operations in the project have been suspended from October 2019 on the directive of the Assam Forest Department and awaiting Stage-II clearance from the Centre.
The North Eastern Council (NEC) had applied to the Assam government for forest clearance in 2003, and subsequently, another application was made in 2012. The in-principle approval was granted by the Centre with 28 conditions.
One of the conditions for approval was obtaining clearance from the National Board for Wild Life (NBWL).
The final clearance, which is Stage-II, for this project will be granted by the Union Ministry after fulfilment of certain conditions by the project proponent, NEC, and only then extraction of coal can be done.
CIL had a lease of 30 years, which expired in favour of the Assam government in 2003.