Chhattisgarh’s ‘No-Go Area’ for Coal Mining Faces the Prospect of Being Opened Up

On September 27, the Parsa Open Cast Mine (OCM) in Chhattisgarh, was on the Expert Appraisal Committee’s (EAC) agenda for consideration of grant of environmental clearance. Parsa is one of 30 coal blocks in the Hasdeo Arand, an intact area of dense forest cover in central India. In 2009, the entire area was termed as a “No-Go Area” for coal mining based on a joint study conducted by the Ministry of Coal and Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). Read more

Courtesy: The Wire

Mega drinking water project for 5 mineral rich districts

Jharsuguda: Twenty-two blocks in five mineral rich districts will soon see their drinking water problem solved as the government has drawn up a project blueprint for this at an estimated cost of Rs 3,337.70 crore.

The mega project will come up soon to end the drinking water problems that the people of Sundargarh, Angul, Keonjhar, Jharsuguda and Jajpur districts have been facing. The lion’s share of the cost would come from the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) of the districts. Read more

Courtesy: Orissa Post

Illegal mining by Trimex Group suspended as SC takes cognizance

Tehelka had exposed the large-scale illegal mining and its exports going on for over a decade and collusion by various departments of the Centre and the Andhra Pradesh government — from the Department of Atomic Energy to the Union Ministry of Mines as well as various departments of the State. And finally, the mining lease for beach sand minerals over a huge 7.20 sq kms by Trimex has been suspended in Vastavalasa and Thonangi villages, Gara Mandal, Srikakulum district in Andhra Pradesh. Read more

Courtesy: Tehelka

10 states offer 102 mineral blocks for auction in FY19, Jharkhand tops list

Ten mineral-laden states have queued up 102 blocks for electronic auctions in this financial year. With 20 blocks, Jharkhand has the largest number of deposits on offer. Rajasthan comes second with 16 blocks, while Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have readied 13 each.

Among the queued blocks, 42 are of limestone, followed by bauxite (19), manganese ore (11), copper (8), iron ore (6), graphite (6), zinc (3) and two each for emerald and gold. Read more

Courtesy: Business Standard

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