Singareni Collieries begins work at coal block in Odisha

Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) has started work on the Naini coal block in Odisha, which is said to be having reserves of 34 crore tonnes of coal.

SCCL Chairman and Managing Director of SCCL N Sridhar called on Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and State Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi to discuss the modalities relating to the Naini Coal block.

The company plans to produce about 1 crore tonnes per annum. The Union Coal Ministry had allotted the coal block situated at the Angul district in Odisha to Singareni.

Also, the Ministry requested the state government to provide full co-operation in issues relating to forest, transfer of revenue lands, rehabilitation and railway lines.

During his meeting with the CM, the CMD explained that out of the 912.79 hectares required for the mine, 783.27 hectares of forest land along with 129.52 hectares of land belonging to 6 villages is available and only 14 families need to be rehabilitated. He requested co-operation and permissions for the land acquisition.

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