Odisha: Singareni Naini coal project gets Forest clearance
Allotment of 783 hectares of forest land: This will pave the way for coal production in the current financial year: Center orders Odisha government to allow first phase
CMD Shri N. Sridhar expedited the approval process with a special initiative
Singareni is the first coal mine to be set up in another state for the first time. Another key step has been taken in the Naini project. The most crucial first phase of the project was forest clearance. The decision was taken after the Odisha state government scrutinized the proposal on allotment of forest land to Singareni.
To this end, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has agreed in principle to allocate 783.27 hectares of forest land to Singareni. The Odisha state forest department on Wednesday issued orders to the additional chief secretary to this effect.
The second phase issued clear directions to transfer the forest land to Singareni as soon as it was approved. With this, the proposal to allot 643.095 hectares of reserved forest land and 140.18 hectares of village forest land in Chandipada and Kankurupal in the Angul forest division area of Odisha has been approved.
A total of 912.7 hectares of land is required for the ambitious Naini coal mine being undertaken by the Singareni Company. Of this, 783.27 hectares is forest land. Due to the large amount of forest land, forest permits have become crucial for the commencement of the project.
Quick approvals on the initiative of CMD Shri N. Sridhar ..
Singareni CMD Shri N. Sridhar took a special initiative from Adi for the necessary approvals for the Naini project. In particular, the Central Forest Department has been in constant consultation with its superiors, working for good relations with the state government.
The timely submission of the required proposals for the project has greatly contributed to obtaining the first phase approvals from the Central Forest Department. The remaining environmental clearance permit is likely to be obtained soon as approval has been granted for the conversion of major forest lands among the permits to be obtained from Central Government Departments.
The company has already submitted all the documents and guarantees prescribed by the department regarding the environmental clearance. The department took further action on this. Permission is expected soon. On the other hand, this year’s referendum in the district center of Angul was a success. The people and the people’s representatives have expressed their full support for the Singareni coal mining.
Adviser Naini Block Sri Vijaya Rao and General Manager Suresh thanked the Chairman of the company, Shri N. Sridhar, for the special initiative and efforts to get the permits in a short period of time, despite the fact that obtaining permits for mines in other states is a very difficult and difficult process.
On behalf of Singareni, he thanked the Central Forest Department for agreeing to the change of forest land. He thanked the directors of the institute, Shri Chandra Shekhar, Shri N Balaram and Adviser Forestry Surendra Pandey for their support in this regard.