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Centre should de-notify unutilized land acquired by MCL - Mr Naveen

Coal News - Published on Tue, 06 Nov 2018

Image Source: Odisha Sun Times
Odisha Sun Times reported that the Odisha government urged the Centre to denotify the land acquired by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) for coal mining in Angul and Jharsuguda districts. Chief Minister Mr Naveen Patnaik wrote a letter to Union Coal Minister Piyush Goyal in this regard demanding to denotify the land notified/acquired under CBA (A&D) Act, but not required for coal mining for next five years may be denotified. “More than 23,300 hectares of land has been acquired under the CBA (A&D) Act for coal mining projects of the MCL in Angul and Jharsuguda districts alone. Of this, only about 10,700 hectares of land has been utilized so far and 3,400 hectares is planned to be utilised within next five years. Out of the balance area of 9,250 hectares, there are no plans for utilisation of 3,600 hectares even in the next ten years,” Mr Naveen pointed out in the letter.

Mr Naveen said that “The MCL takes up rehabilitation and resettlement of land losers only at the time of its actual utilisation for mining purpose. After vesting of land under the CBA (A&D) Act with the MCL, the land losers are forced to wait indefinitely for rehabilitation and resettlement. These persons are neither able to avail the facilities of development schemes nor can construct structures for their accommodation until they are actually rehabilitated and resettled.”

He said that the farmers have been facing problems, whose lands have been acquired under the Coal Bearing Areas (Acquisition & Development) Act (CBA (A&D) Act) for coal mining by the Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. (MCL), a subsidiary of the Coal India Ltd. (CIL).

He added that “In order to ameliorate the hardships caused to such land losers, it is suggested that land notified / acquired under the CBA (A&D) Act, but not required for coal mining within next five years may be denotified.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 06 Nov 2018
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