The Union Environment Ministry has given clearance to 10 coal mining projects with a total capacity of 160 million tonnes a year and four washeries that can handle 31 million tonnes annually.
These include Coal India’s projects for seven mines and two washeries with an annual capacities of 141 million tonnes and 15 million tonnes respectively.
According to an ET report, the Ministry cleared 14 of the 23 projects it considered. This is likely to help Coal India meet its targets of producing 750 million tonnes next fiscal requiring achievement of a 14% growth over current year’s 660 million tonnes target, and one billion tonnes target by 2024, a senior company executive was quoted as saying in the report.
“The largest project cleared by the ministry was for Coal India subsidiary South Eastern Coalfields’ Kusmunda opencast coal mine in Chhattisgarh, which will touch 62.5 million tonnes at its peak capacity,” it added.
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