A green panel has deferred its decision on granting environment clearance to Coal India arm Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) for setting up of a Rs 334.72 crore coal washery in Odisha and asked it to get forest clearance first, and also sought other inputs.MCL has proposed setting up of a coal washery with 10 million tonnes per annum capacity in Basundhara area of IB-Valley Coalfield in Sundergarh district.
The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Union Environment Ministry recently examined the MCLs proposal and sought more information from the company before giving green signal for the project.
“The EAC, after detailed deliberations, deferred the proposal for want of inputs. It has asked the company to provide firm schedule of obtaining stage-I forest clearance for 29.41 hectares of forest land,” a senior government official told PTI. Read More…
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