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22 Coal India mining projects receive green nod in FY16

CIL accounts for over 80% of the domestic coal production

Coal India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Coal is stockpiled at the Blair Athol mine at the remote Bowen Basin coalfield near Moranbah
Coal is stockpiled at the Blair Athol mine at the remote Bowen Basin coalfield near Moranbah

As many as 22 mining projects of state-owned have received green clearance this fiscal.

"So far, in the current fiscal, 16 coal mining projects of having an additional capacity of 48 million tonnes received environment clearance," an official said.

The official further said six mining projects of have received forest clearance.

CIL accounts for over 80% of the domestic coal production.

The government has set a production target of 550 million tonnes for the coal PSU in the ongoing fiscal.

The government had earlier said its focus is to increase coal production to the extent possible by facilitating environment clearance (EC) and forest clearance (FC) expeditiously, pursuing with the states for assistance in land acquisition and coordinated efforts with Railways for movement of coal.

"Further, structural factors such as problems in expanding the capacity arising from difficulties in land acquisition, R&R difficulties in obtaining EC, restrictions arising out of the imposition of Central Environment Pollution Index guidelines and non-availability of FC in time, have constrained the growth of domestic coal production", Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal had earlier said.

The government had set an ambitious one billion tonnes of production target for Coal India by 2020.

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First Published: Tue, March 08 2016. 18:10 IST