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Coal Ministry Removes Bander Coal Block from Auction List

Coal News - Published on Tue, 30 Jun 2020

Image Source: Bander Coal Block Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve
Indian Express reported that India’s Ministry of Coal has decided to withdraw the Bander coal bock located in the close vicinity of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve from the list of coal blocks up for auction. The listing of the coal block was followed by protests from several wildlife activists as the 1,644-hectare block is believed to be in the eco-sensitive zone of TATR and any mining activity is likely to be detrimental to tiger conservation. The activists said it could obstruct a vital wildlife corridor connecting TATR to other tiger areas in Nagpur, Bhandara and Gondia districts. This, the activists had said, would further intensify the man-animal conflict in Chandrapur district.

The ministry put out a list of 41 coal blocks for auction on June 18.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 30 Jun 2020
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