The Western Coalfields (WCL) officials have agreed to pay compensation at new rates and provide jobs against land acquired for expansion of Bhatali open cast coal mine under WCL Chandrapur area on the outskirts of Tadoba’s buffer zone.
The mine has nearly ran out of coal and WCL has planned expansion in around 450 hectares (near 1,100 acres). A public hearing was held on Friday for environment clearance and land acquisition.
There was no environmentalist or wildlife activist present during the hearing to raise concerns about effect of the project on forest and wildlife in the surroundings.
The hearing was held at Durgapur auditorium. MPCB officer Madhukar Lad, resident deputy collector Ghansham Bhugaonkar and officers of WCL were present. Read More
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