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Expansion at Hindalco’s Gare Palma IV-4 Coal Mine in Chhattisgarh Violates NGT Order

Coal News - Published on Tue, 22 Sep 2020

Image Source: Hindalco Gare Palma IV 4 Coal Mine
Down to Earth reported that. MoEFCC committee has allowed expansion of opencast mine in Chhattisgarh against NGT order. A central expert appraisal committee has okayed the expansion of a Chhattisgarh coal mine, which is in violation of a National Green Tribunal order. Gare Palma IV-4 can produce 1.5 million tonnes per annum, up from 1 million tonnes per annum, through the open-cast method, recommended the EAC under the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The coal mine in question is owned by Hindalco Industries Ltd.

According to experts, the amendment of the terms of reference for the expansion of the said coal mine was in violation of the NGT February 27, 2020 order, which prohibits any new open-cast coal mine in the area. The tribunal had passed the order on petitions filed by Dukalu Ram and Shivpal Bhagat in 2014 and 2018 respectively. The petitions flagged pollution due to the thermal power plants and coal washeries of companies such as Jindal Power Ltd; Jindal Power and Steel Ltd; TRN Energy Pvt Ltd; Mahavir Energy & Coal Benefaction Ltd; Hindalco Industries Ltd and Monet Energy Ltd; South Eastern Coalfields Ltd in Tamnar and Gharghoda blocks of Raigarh.

The NGT on July 22, 2019 had formed a five-member committee in the case to ensure:
Carrying capacity (study) of the area
Remediation measures
Improvement of soil quality
Adequacy of existing pollution control devices and measures
Fly ash management
Ambient air quality with regard to particulate matter 2.5

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 22 Sep 2020
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