17 Dec 2019

As Many As 43 Out of 85 Coal Blocks Have Yet to Receive 159 Clearances

17 Dec 2019  by Debjoy Sengupta   
Kolkata: As many as 43 out of 85 coal blocks allotted after 2015 have yet to receive 159 clearances, mostly because operators have not taken necessary actions. These blocks were either auctioned or allotted to public sector companies by the government following cancellation of 204 blocks, including 33 operational blocks, by the Supreme Court in 2014.

Coal ministry data shows mine plans of eight blocks have yet to be approved as they are awaiting action from block operators. Environment clearances are pending for another 27 blocks. These include 17 blocks for which operators have yet to take necessary action.

Clearances from district authorities are pending for two blocks, approvals from state authorities are pending for four blocks and central clearances are awaited for three blocks.

Stage I forest clearances are pending for 25 blocks, including 13 that require action by the operators, while 11 blocks have to receive approvals from district authorities and one block requires the state’s approval.

Stage II forest clearances are pending for 32 blocks, including 30 requiring operators to take necessary actions. One requires approval from district authorities while another from the state.

Approvals for mining lease are pending for 28 blocks, including 17 blocks requiring operators to take necessary action. Nine mining lease applications are pending with state authorities and two are pending with district authorities.

Clearances for land acquisition are due for 39 blocks, of which 31 require action from the block operators and four require clearances from state and district authorities.


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