Govt transfers green nod of earlier blocks to Hindalco, GMR

Hindalco Industries and GMR needn’t apply for recent surroundings clearances (EC) for 4 blocks allotted to them within the current public sale as the federal government has transferred to them the approvals granted to the earlier allottees.

In a bid to expedite operations from the lately allotted coal mines, the Environment Ministry had amended EC norms after a request made by the Coal Ministry to facilitate switch of ECs to profitable coal bidders.

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“We have transferred the ECs of three coal blocks — Kathautia challenge, Gare IV/4 and Gare IV/5 — to Mumbai-based mostly Hindalco Industries. We have additionally transferred the EC of Talabira-I undertaking to Bangalore-based mostly GMR Chhattisgarh Energy,” a senior Environment Ministry official advised PTI.

The ministry transfered the ECs final month to these two corporations with some circumstances, the official added.

“Any change in scope of work will appeal to the supply of Environment Protection Act (EPA) 1986 and Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2006 at the side of the next amendments/round,” stated the letters despatched to these two corporations.

That aside, “all circumstances stipulated within the EC letter shall stay unchanged. The profitable bidder shall be liable, if any, for any act of violation of the EPA 1986, EIA notification 2006/ subsequent amendments and circulars which it has inherited through the switch.

“The profitable bidder ought to be chargeable for compliance of all courtroom instructions, if any,” the letters added.
Earlier, the EC for Kathautia opencast coal mine venture with a coal capability of 0.eighty million tonnes every year (MTPA) in a mining lease (ML) space of 938.27 hectare in Palamu district, Jharkhand was given to Usha Martin Ltd.

Similarly, the EC for the Talabira-I opencast mine challenge with 3 MTPA capability in ML space of one hundred seventy.30 hectare in Sambalpur district in Odisha was held by Hindalco Industries.

The EC for the Gare IV/4 coal mine undertaking with 1 MTPA in ML of 701.fifty one hectare in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh was given to Jayaswal Neco Industries.

The EC for the Gare IV/5 mine venture with 1 MTPA capability in an ML space of 860.forty one hectare in Raigarh district, Madhya Pradesh was given to Monnet Ispat Ltd.

As per earlier norms, the EC for any venture was allowed to be transferred to one other applicant with a written ‘no objection’ by the transferor, to and by the regulatory authority involved.

Now, the ministry has made amendments to the September 2006 EIA notification, permitting switch of EC to new coal block allottees with out taking ‘no objection’ nod from earlier house owners.

The EC norms have been eased as new coal block allottees feared that previous allottees would create issues in transferring EC with no objection nod, thus delaying the graduation of mining operations.

The Centre lately auctioned 29 blocks in two phases to corporations like Monnet, GMR Chhattisgarh, Hindalco, Reliance Cement amongst others, garnering about Rs 2 lakh crore.

The public sale adopted the Supreme Court’s cancellation of 204 coal blocks final yr.

PTI

First Published: Friday, May 1, 2015, 18:03

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