The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government has given environment clearance to five projects since it took charge on May 26. A total of 394 projects are still awaiting approvals from the ministry of environment, forests and climate change, latest data showed.
The projects given clearance include Adani Ports' Mundra special economic zone (SEZ) in Gujarat, two coal mining projects - Coal India Limited (CIL)'s Tikak block in Assam and Reliance Power's Chhatrasal block in Madhya Pradesh (MP), GAIL's gas-based power plant in MP and a state highway renovation project in Assam. These projects are worth around Rs 2,570 crore (excluding Adani Ports, as the environment clearance documents do not mention the cost details of that project). Environment minister Prakash Javadekar has said his priority would be to give clearance to public-purpose projects. "We have started on national highways, railways, power transmission lines - these are the linear projects which are public-purpose projects and not private. So, thatmust be given priority," Javadekar had told Business Standard in an interview earlier this month.
GAIL had proposed to build a 380-Mw gas-based power plant at Guna in Madhya Pradesh. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 1,029 crore and it took three years to clear the project after approving its terms of reference in June 2011. In Sikkim, an Asian Development Bank-assisted project for "improvement and upgradation" of 19.7-km stretch of a state highway has been given green nod by the ministry on May 29. The total project costs Rs 42.37 crore.
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