State-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL) has identified 476 mines for closure and has deposited Rs 4387.60 crore in an escrow account in line with the guidelines for proper closure of mines.
The Mine Closure Plans (MCPs) of 445 mines have already been approved till 31st July, 2016.
According to the union minister of state for power, coal, mines and RE, Piyush Goyal, the ministry is laying special focus on proper closure of coal mines as also efficient usage of water for various purposes.
“Considering the closure mines as an important activity, the Ministry has undertaken special plan for studying each coal mine for preparing its closure plan,” Goyal told a meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Coal.
“In the plan, special emphasis has been placed on efficient usage of water for the purposes of drinking, irrigation after appropriate treatment and ground water recharge,”Goyal informed the members.
The meeting of the consultative committee was held to review the “Implementation of Mine closure Plans of Coal India Limited (CIL).
On its part, CIL also made a detailed presentation giving highlights of achievements of CIL during 2015 -16. The presentation also gave an overview of guidelines, major initiatives & activities being undertaken by CIL and its subsidiaries under Mine closure Plan with special focus on environment protection, land reclamation and water management.
The members were explained that Centre Mine Planning & Design Institute (CMPDI) prepares Mine Closure Plans for all CIL mines.
CIL has identified 476 mines for closure and MCPs of 445 mines have been approved till 31st July,2016. As per guidelines, Rs 4387.60 crore have been deposited in escrow account by CIL.
Goyal told the members that CIL is further engaging Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education ( ICFRE) for carrying out various studies.
CIL is signing an MoU with Forest Research Institute shortly for third party audit of progress and appropriateness of MCPs, environmental audit and forestry issues.
The meeting was attended by Dr Bharti D Shyal, Hari Manjhi , Kamalbhan Singh Marabi, Kariya Munda, Lakhan Lal Sahu, Laxmi Narayan Yadav, Midhun Reddy, Rajesh Verma, Ram Tahal Choudhary, Ravindra Kumar Pandey, Santosh Kumar, Vijay Kumar Hansdak, Vishnu Dayal Ram from Lok Sabha and Dr Anil Kumar Sahani from Rajya Sabha.
The Secretary, Coal Anil Swarup, the Chairman cum Managing Director & Directors of CIL and senior officials of Ministry of Coal also attended the meeting.
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