Central Coalfields (CCL) has secured green nod for its R 1,538 crore- integrated mining and coal washery project at Konar.
CCL is one of the seven subsidiaries of Coal India Ltd. The CCL’s proposal is to expand the Konar mine capacity to 8-11 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), from the existing 4-5 mtpa, and establish an integrated non-coking washery with a capacity of 7 mtpa.
The proposal was examined by the Union environment ministry after taking into account recommendations of its expert panel. A final environment clearance (EC) was given to CCL on July 31.
The clearance to the proposed project has been given subject to compliance of certain specific and general conditions. The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 1,538 crore, of which, Rs 1,286.54 crore will be spent on the expansion of the mine and Rs 251.48 crore for the washery.
The company has been asked to secure approvals from the State Pollution Control Board prior to setting up the required infrastructure for the proposed capacity expansion as one of the key conditions.
It has been asked to transport coal from the mine to the washery through conveyor belts and then to consumers by rail.
CCL wants to expand the Konar open cast mining capacity to bridge the supply-demand gap of coal in India. The proposed project is also expected to enhance socio-economic benefits to local people, the company informed the ministry.
The company produces both coking and non-coking coal in the country and operates coal mines in Jharkhand.