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Navin asks Centre to reconsider coal mine allotment decision

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Naveen today asked the Centre to re-examine its decision to allot four coal mines to (WCL), instead of Ltd, which already operates several mines in the state.

"It has been brought to my notice that the Ministry of Coal has decided to allot four coal mines of namely, Rampia, Dip side of Rampia, Ghogarpalli and Dip extension of Ghogarpalli to WCL instead of MCL, which is already operating several coal mines in the region, said in a letter to

Operationalisation of coal mines requires close coordination with the local administration for land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement of project affected families, he said.

The WCL, which is headquartered at in Maharashtra, may not be in a position to effectively the issues, which are critical to the smooth operationalisation of coal mines, the said.

The MCL has achieved a record production of over 143 million tonnes of coal during 2017-18 and with a more focussed approach towards rehabilitation and resettlement of the affected families, it can grow further in partnership with the lcoal communities, he said.

"It is, therefore, requested that the matter may be re-examined and the aforementioned coal mines of may be allotted to the MCL instead of another Coal Limited subsidiary (WCL) located away from the State," said

In case MCL is unable to handle more coal mines in view of its existing commitments, Coal Ltd may consider to set up another subsidiary for Talcher Coalfield and the MCL may further scale up its operations in the Ib valley region, the said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 16:10 IST
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