मलेथा में स्टोन क्रशर पर शासन ने साफ किया रुख किसी भी हाल में नहीं चलेंगे क्रशर

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देहरादून। मलेथा में लगे स्टोन क्रशरों को लेकर गरमाई राजनीति के बाद सरकार ने भी अपना रुख स्पष्ट कर दिया है। अपर मुख्य सचिव राकेश शर्मा ने कहा कि किसी भी हाल में मलेथा में स्टोन क्रशर नहीं चलेगा। कहा कि बातों को तोड़ मरोड़ कर पेश करने से भ्रम की स्थिति बनी है। सरकार हर हाल में मलेथा के लोगों की भावनाओं के अनुरूप काम करेगी। तीन क्रशर पहले बंद किए जा चुके हैं, एक पिछले दिनों बंद कर दिया गया। एक का मामला हाईकोर्ट में है, उसे भी नोटिस दिया जा चुका है। हालांकि उन्होंने यह भी कहा कि मलेथा के क्रशर बंद होने से हरिद्वार में लगे क्रशरों को फायदा हो सकता है, लेकिन इस मामले में सरकार की मंशा साफ है। फायदे नुकसान के अंकगणित की बात अलग है, लेकिन सरकार ने मलेथा के सभी क्रशर बंद करने का निर्णय ले लिया है।
मलेथा आंदोलन को दिया समर्थन
देहरादून (ब्यूरो)। मलेथा आंदोलन को दून में भी समर्थन मिल रहा है। उत्तराखंड परिवर्तन पार्टी ने स्टोन क्रेशरों का विरोध किया। रविवार को पत्रकारों से बातचीत में अध्यक्ष पीसी तिवारी ने कहा कि जिलाधिकारी ने चार स्टोन क्रशरों के संचालन की अनुमति को निरस्त किया था, लेकिन वहां फिर से काम शुरू हो गया। उन्होंने अपर मुख्य सचिव के उस बयान की भी निंदा की।

200 meters down an Indian mine: Why the country’s digging deep for coal

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(CNN)Holding onto the rails of a cage, we descend lower and lower into the coal mine. It is pitch dark, hot and humid. Every now and then a spray of water drizzles on us.

The two-minute ride down seems much longer than that.

Once we reach the bottom of the shaft, we begin a 3.5 kilometer walk underground to the site where miners are excavating coal.

For almost an hour, we trudge through the slush, the light from our safety helmets the only illumination underground. Our protective clothes and faces quickly develop a black layer of coal dust.

Coal is a polluting fossil fuel, which currently powers more than 60% of India. The government produced 462 million tonnes of it last year and is targeting a billion tonnes by 2019.

Typically, the coal that burns in power plants across India is of poor quality, therefore more harmful. India is already the world’s third highest emitter of greenhouse gases.

So why is India so hungry for coal? Read more

Courtesy: cnn

JSPL connived with MoC officials for excess mining: CBI alleges

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New Delhi: The Coal Ministry officials had “connived” with the JSPL, headed by former Congress MP Naveen Jindal, allowing it to “illegally” mine nearly three times more coal than permitted, claims a CBI probe into coal block allocation scam.

The agency, which has incorporated these details in the FIR in the case, has alleged that the Ministry officials in connivance with the company not only overlooked the excess mining but also regularised it.

The case relates to the ongoing probe of the CBI into the coal scam in which it had registered an FIR against the company alleging that instead of adhering to the rate of extraction of coal as provided in the approved Mine Plan, the company had resorted to “illegal excess mining”. Read more

Courtesy: zeenews

Modi Cabinet takes ordinance route for reforms

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The Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday approved an ordinance to ram through economic reforms to rev up the mining sector, covering iron ore and other non-coal minerals such as bauxite. The ordinance – the seventh cleared by the new government – is part of the Modi administration’s strategy to fast-track reforms and prevent a hostile Opposition from stalling the decision-making process.

It will pave the way for the allocation of iron ore and other non-coal mines through competitive bidding. It will also enable the creation of District Mineral Funds for the welfare of people affected by a given project.

The need to take the ordinance route was felt as the government was finding it difficult to allocate mines, because the mines ministry could not table a Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957. Industry body Federation of Indian Mineral Industries, however, has been opposing the auction route, saying it would sound the “death knell” for the industry and may lead to cartelisation and waste. Read more

Courtesy: indiatoday.in

Not Just A Coal Block

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The Hasdeo Arand forests spanning north Chhattisgarh’s Korba and Surguja districts comprise some of central India’s best contiguous tracts of forests, and are home to perennial water sources, rare plants as well as wildlife species, including elephants and leopards.

But this rich eco-system is also under threat because of the vast coal reserves it holds – the Hasdeo Arand Coalfield mapped by the Ministry of Coal has over a billion metric tonnes of proven coal reserves, across an area of 1878 square kilometres. 1502 square kilometres of this consist of forests.

The threat is accentuated with the central government’s swift moves in past weeks to hasten coal mining and acquisition of rural land from individuals and communities by corporations.

After its controversial coal mining bill was not passed in Parliament by the Rajya Sabha, the government re-issued an ordinance on 24 December 2014  to auction lands and forests across over 90 coal blocks (or mines), and to permit the commercial mining of coal. Read more

Courtesy: PARI News

MMDR Act set for a revamp, government may issue an ordinance to allocate minerals through auctions

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BHUBANESWAR: The Cabinet will soon consider amendments to the mining and minerals development and regulation (MMDR) Act, which will extend the reforms under way in the coal sector to minerals such as iron ore and bauxite, according to industry sources familiar with proposed changes in the 57-year old law. The changes in the MMDR Act, which would stipulate that minerals other than coal, henceforth will also be allocated though auction, may be brought about through an ordinance, according to these sources.

The amendments, as per a draft version, will allow a transfer of mining leases. Further, leases will cover a far larger area,100 sq km instead of 10 sq km, and will be for longer periods, possibly 50 years. Also companies, which have applied for renewals, might be exempted from the auction route for between five and 15 years in case of captive mines for players such as Tata Steel, according to officials at mining companies, who are aware of the proposed changes. A levy linked to royalty that will be paid to district mineral foundations for all districts affected by mining, also figures among the amendments. Read more

Courtesy: The Economic Times

Mines mired in controversy are the most attractive

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In the coming e-auctions of cancelled but operational coal blocks, the ones with most controversy are likely to witness the stiffest fight from bidders.

From the seven operational blocks allocated to the power sector, Gare Palma-IV/2 & IV/3 and Talabira-1 stand out as the most attractive. in Chhattisgarh has the largest amount of reserves; Talabira, in Odisha, boasts of ready infrastructure and close proximity to evacuation facilities.

However, Gare Palma was earlier owned by Jindal Steel & Power and Talabira was with Hindalco. Both companies are being probed for irregularities in award of blocks.

“Legal cases against the promoters notwithstanding, these two blocks are the best of all. We would see new players with mining expertise contesting hard with the original owners, who’d make the most of the second chance to get their lost mines back,” said a power sector expert.

Experts said new entrants such as Sterlite Energy, Essar, GVK and Larsen & Toubro are the ones to watch. “These companies have technical capabilities and ready infrastructure to put to use the mined coal. They would compete hard for getting an operational block,” said an industry executive.

Gare Palma is part of a cluster of four mines in Chhattisgarh owned by JSPL which are under litigation. The charges against JSPL are of criminal conspiracy, excess mining and selling to a third party from the captive block. By the Supreme Court’s directive, JSPL would also pay the highest amount of penalty, close to Rs 3,000 crore, for its four cancelled blocks.

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Courtesy: Business Standard

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