The expert appraisal committee of Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has put on hold a proposal by Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL).
The proposal is for environmental clearance for one integrated (opencast-cum-underground) project and expansion of one opencast project
Quoting officials, a report in The Hindu said, the proposal has been put on hold by the expert committee of MoEF by suggesting inclusion of leftover of Kakatiya Longwall Project (KLP) with 3.13 MTPA, which was given environmental clearance in May 2015, in the proposal.
“The company later proposed conversion of KLP underground coal mining project into Kakatiya Khani Opencast-III Project Phase-I in August 2017 in an area of 1555.31 ha with 3 MTPA capacity in order to sustain coal production from the area to fulfil committed supply to 500 MW Kakatiya Thermal Power Project near Chelpur beyond 2019-20,” it added.
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