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No Green Signal to Mining Till Displaced are Resettled in Birbhum – W CM

Coal News - Published on Fri, 13 Sep 2019

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Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee announced that her government has recently received clearance from the Centre to work on Deocha-Pachami coal block in Birbhum district. She said the coal block has the potential to produce nearly one lakh jobs. However, the she gave assurance that her government will proceed with the work on the coal block only after the resettlement of displaced families and also addressing environmental concerns. We will not start work now. We will wait for the resettlement of the displaced families. It is our policy to process only after taking local people into confidence. We have to ensure that they get employment opportunities. Meanwhile, we will conduct surveys with the help of experts before starting on the coal block. We will set up a committee, which will look after all the issues, especially the environmental concerns.

Ms Banerjee said that state government will sign an MoU with the Centre in a week for the handover of the block, which she said is the world’s second largest. She said a refundable deposit of INR 50 crore has to be made to the central government in this regard.

She said that “There are about 395 families (40 per cent tribals) in Deocha Pachami. The coal block is likely to bring in investments to the tune of Rs 12,000-15,000 crore over a period of time and has the potential to generate nearly one lakh employment opportunities. It will take five years to complete. This is a big project that can supply coal for the next 100 years.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 13 Sep 2019
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