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Chhattisgarh Opposes Coal Block Auction

Coal News - Published on Mon, 22 Jun 2020

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Chhattisgarh Environment Minister Mohammad Akbar has written to the central government, requesting that coal blocks in the region of Hasdeo and Mand rivers and a proposed elephant reserve area in the state not be auctioned for environmental reasons. He wrote “I request that coal blocks in the area of the Hasdeo forest and Mand rivers as well as those in the area of the proposed elephant reserve not be included in the upcoming auction.”

Akbar said there had been an increase in incidents of elephant attacks on human habitations as a result of an increase in the population of elephants and the Chhatisgarh government had announced a 1,995-square kilometre area as the Lemru Elephant Reserve, which was also part of the area set to be allocated. He noted it was essential that mining activities in these areas be stopped for the safety of the forests and the environment in the state.

According to experts, there are four coal blocks Mogra South, Mogra II, Sayang and Madanpur North in the area out of the 41 blocks set to be auctioned for commercial mining in line with an announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Posted By : Nishith Sharma on Mon, 22 Jun 2020
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