Coal India is going to “legally” examine the show cause notices issued by the Odisha government to its subsidiary – Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd – carrying penalty of Rs 20,169 crore for violating mining plans, environmental norms and other regulations, a top company official said on Wednesday.
“We have to get it examined legally and we have to see what are the legal provisions,” Coal India Chairman Gopal Singh said on the sidelines of the 7th Asian Mining Congress here.
The respective deputy directors of mines in the Talcher, Rourkela and Sambalpur circles had issued 24 notices on October 31 to the officers of mining projects of Mahanadi Coalfields. The subsidiary received those on November 1.
“The show cause notices have been issued for a total amount of Rs 20,169 crore towards compensation under section 21(5) of the Mines & Mineral Development Regulations (MMDR) Act, 1957, for production in violation of mining plan, Environmental Protection Act 1986, Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981…,” Coal India on Monday had said in a regulatory filing. Read More…