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Indian high commissioner Dr Gondane wants quick approval of Adani's mine

Coal News - Published on Wed, 17 Apr 2019

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Financial Review reported that the Indian high commissioner to Australia Mr Ajay Gondane said Adani's USD 2 billion Carmichael mine should be approved as soon as possible, to ensure the crucial trade relationship continues between Australia and India. While some Indian Australians have been increasingly uneasy about what they consider to be xenophobic comments about the Indian energy company's plans in Australia, Dr Gondane said the Carmichael mine should be treated like any other new mine. Dr Gondane said in an interview with The Australian Financial Review "It is surprising to me that one particular mine is up in the media or public discourse because mines are being developed all over. They should also be treating it like any other mine and it would be much better."

Dr Gondane would not comment on the claims of xenophobia, but said he wanted to see bipartisan support for the coal and rail project in Central Queensland, which has become a key issue ahead of next month's federal election.

He said that it should be approved as soon as possible provided it meets strict environmental requirements.

He added that "I'm very optimistic this will come to fruition soon because it has taken some time. They [Adani management] are doing their utmost to meet all conditions from government."

He further added that "We would prefer that this particular project is offered bipartisan support because our relationship with the Australian government is bipartisan. Labor and the LNP support India and Australia engagement and both want it to be going to a higher level."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 17 Apr 2019
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