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News Brief | January 2012

CIL to seek environmental clearance for 218 mines

Coal India (CIL) has initiated the process of seeking environmental clearances for 218 mines. The mines allotted to CIL before 1994 did not require environmental clearance at the time of allotment and were being operated on a renewal-of-lease basis. But after the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) 2006 notification, these mines have come under the category of violation and CIL has now initiated the process to secure environmental clearances. From its 218 mines, 103 belong to its subsidiary Bharat Coking Coal (BCCL), 91 to Eastern Coalfields (ECL), 20 to Central Coalfields (CCL) and four to Mahanadi Coalfields (MCL).

Also, the company, citing heavy rainfall, strike and delays in grant of forestry and environmental clearances, has lowered its production target for the ongoing financial year to at least 440 million tonne (MT) from 452 MT in its annual plan. The company plans to mine 556 - 615 MT of coal in the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-17). In a related development, the coal ministry has decided to auction 54 blocks on an upfront payment basis, but it may not offer the mines to power companies.

Contact : Coal India (CIL)
Tel: 033 22488099
Web: www.coalindia.nic.in
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