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13 Villages against Bidding for 5 Coal Blocks in Tamnar in Chhattisgarh

Coal News - Published on Mon, 05 Oct 2020

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Indian Express reported that Sarpanchs of 13 villages from Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh district have written to Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar against allowing private bidding for five coal blocks in Tamnar. The sarpanchs have stated in their letter that the decision to operate the coal blocks goes against the gram sabha’s stand and an NGT order from February 2020.

According to the NGT order in a petition by Raigarh resident Shivpal Bhagat on viability and impacts of the existing coal plants and any plans of expansion, the “‘Precautionary’ and ‘Sustainable Development’ principles require that any further expansion or new projects in the area should be allowed after thorough evaluation only and mechanism for remedial measures should be in place, including oversight of measures for health mitigation.”

The central government earlier made changes to the list with 41 coal blocks up for auction. On September 1, following opposition by the Chhattisgarh government and environment organisations, five coal blocks from the Hasdeo Aranya area, which is rich in biodiversity, were replaced with three blocks Dolesara, Jarekela, and Jharpalam-Tangarghat. These blocks along with two others lie in Tamnar block of Raigarh district, where, according to villagers, existing coal mines have led to pollution and loss of biodiversity.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 05 Oct 2020
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