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Government of India
Ministry of Coal
03-September-2012 13:38 IST
Coal Blocks Pending for Environment Clearance
Opening statement of Prime Minister of India Dr

The Ministry of Coal regularly monitors the progress and takes up issues of common nature for expediting Environment Clearance (EC) and Forest Clearance (FC) with Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).   Further Government has constituted a Group of Ministers to look into the issues concerning coal mining projects and environment with a view to expedite clearance. This is a continuous process and request has been made to MoEF to adhere to specified time frame for extending clearances of EC & FC. This was informed by Shri  Pratik Prakashbapu Patil, Minister of State  in the Ministry of Coal  while replying a written question in Rajya Sabha today. 

 

The Minister further stated that as recommended by a Group of Ministers constituted to address the environmental and developmental issues relating to coal mining and other developmental projects, MoEF has been requested to introduce a system for on line processing of application for EC and FC for reducing delays.

 

Detailed status of Statewise pending Environment and forest clearance are as follows:-

 

Sl No.

State Name

No. of coal blocks are awaiting for Environment clearance.

No. of  coal blocks are awaiting for Forest clearance at State & Central level (excluding RE blocks)

Note

1

Andra Pradesh

01

1

Pending Forest clearance statewise are given only for Explored blocks and proposal are pending at State & Central level.

2

Chhatisgarh

31

20

3

Jharkhand

27

23

4

Maharastra

08

14

5

Madhya Pradesh

14

05

6

Orissa

25

16

6

West bengal

09

07

 

Total:-

115

86

 

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