Environmental issues have often come in the way of timely completion of coal mining projects and have even delayed them in the past. In order to tide over these issues, state-owned Coal India Limited (CIL) and Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) have signed a MoU for effectively monitoring of environment related issues in the coal mining projects.
The MoU will also help in improving the rehabilitation and reclamation of the mined out areas.
This arrangement would also help CIL in proper compliance and monitoring of the conditions that are laid down by the ministry of environment and forests and climate change (MoEF & CC) while according environment and forest clearances.
Seminal step by CIL & Indian Council for Forest Research. Sign an MoU to collaborate for 3rd party environmental audit of coal mines.
— Anil Swarup (@swarup58) September 1, 2016
The MoU covers assessment and monitoring of plantation and eco-restoration activities, preparation of wild life management plans, preparation of environmental impact assessment and environmental management plans, capacity building for the executives of CIL on environment and forestry issues etc.