A green panel under the union environment ministry has recommended action against Bhubaneshwar Power Pvt Ltd (BPPL) for violating environment clearance (EC) norms with regard to transportation of coal by road, as per an official document.
The panel has said that BPPL must immediately stop road transport of coal from Talcher (97km) to its thermal power plant in Cuttack district, Odisha and only do it from the Raja Athagarh rail siding, as has been temporarily permitted till December 2018.
Consequently, the panel has also deferred its decision on the company’s proposal seeking extension of temporary permission for road transportation
“The ministry (of environment) may take a separate call to initiate action against the project proponent (BPPL) on the violation of environment clearance conditions that has already occurred,” according to the the minutes of meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC).
The EAC found that the company was sourcing 90 per cent of its coal requirement through spot e-auction. Further, this e-auction coal was being transported by road from Talcher itself (97 km) even without any permission.