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Panel on green clearance seeks details on Hindalco's coal mine

Last Updated: Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 13:09

New Delhi: A high-level panel looking into environment clearance to Talabira II coal block, allocated to Hindalco jointly with PSUs, has sought some details with regard to the mine.

The Expert Appraisal Committee will further consider the proposal after the receipt of required information, according to an official document.

It said the panel has sought the information including "air quality data for one month so as to revalidate the data", among other things.

Talabira II coal block in Odisha, having geological reserves of 152 million tonne per annum, was jointly allocated to Hindalco Industries, Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd, a Coal India subsidiary, and others in November 2005.

CBI recently named the company's Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla as representative of Aditya Birla Group and Hindalco, in the case pertaining to the allocation of Talabira II block.

The Coal Ministry had also earlier issued show cause notices to Hindalco Industries, Mahanadi Coalfields and Neyveli Lignite Corp for delaying the production from Talabira II coal block and had sought reasons for not beginning the production from the mine.

"You are hereby called upon to showcause...As to why the delay in development of the coal block should not be held violation of the terms and conditions of the allotment of Talabira-II coal block failing which it would be presumed that your company has no explanation to offer and action as appropriate would be taken," the Coal Ministry had said.

First Published: Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 13:09
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