Odisha, February 24, Abhijit Saha: NTPC’s coal mine in Odisha has been recommended for Green Clearance by the Environment Ministry panel subject to conditions. This recommendation has been granted by an expert appraisal committee under some conditions.
The conditions that are in the report are that a detailed Resettlement & Rehabilitation plan should be prepared after discussing with the various stakeholders and a provision of Rs.30-Rs.40 crore shall be assigned for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the first five years among others.
In January 2006, Dulanga coal block with 260 million tonnes of geological reserves was allocated to NTPC located in the IB Valley coalfields of Odisha.
This development came after the explanation asked by the Coal Ministry from NTPC in December last year regarding the slow progress of the mine. The Coal Ministry asked the chairman and managing director of NTPC in a letter to explain the reason for slow progress on each milestone separately and also the efforts made in the development of the coal blocks within a period of 20 days from the date of issue of the letter. It was also written in the letter that failing to give explanation would presume that the company has no explanation to offer and appropriate actions would be taken. The recommendations provided were considered and accepted by the Coal Ministry.