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CAG report Raps CIL over Environmental Concerns

Coal News - Published on Fri, 13 Dec 2019

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India’s Comptroller and Auditor General of India has criticized state-run Coal India Ltd’s over issues of environment discipline, air quality monitoring and high pollutant levels at the world’ largest coal producer’s mines. In a Performance Audit Report, the government’s audit watchdog said that while the guidelines containing the responsibility and delegation at different levels in environment discipline were formulated by CIL, but the same were not dovetailed in their operating manual by the subsidiaries. Also, the air quality monitoring in three subsidiaries of CIL was found deficient as against 96 monitoring stations, only 58 were established. In addition, 12 mines didn’t comply with the state pollution control board’s directives for installation of Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations. CAG report said “Over the last few decades in India, protection and conservation of the environment and sustainable development have become increasingly important, in the light of climate change which had devastating consequences on the survival of humanity. Effective environmental governance is, therefore, of utmost importance.”

This comes in the backdrop of India expediting efforts for coal mining, even as the window for fossil fuels is rapidly closing, and the global energy landscape has been rapidly evolving, with fundamental changes to the investment culture amid growing climate concerns.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 13 Dec 2019
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