PM for early resolution of `no-go` mining rows
Concerned over coal shortages faced by the power sector, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is believed to have asked the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) to revisit the policy of `no-go` mining areas.
New Delhi: Concerned over coal shortages
faced by the power sector, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is
believed to have asked the Ministry of Environment and Forest
(MoEF) to revisit the policy of `no-go` mining areas.
"Prime Minister called a meeting on Monday wherein he
asked MoEF to revisit the policy of no-go and go areas," a
source privy to the development told PTI.
During the meeting, attended by Power Minister Sushil
Kumar Shinde, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, Environment
Minister Jairam Ramesh, the Prime Minister expressed concerns
that scarcity of coal was impacting growth and asked MoEF to
address the issue.
"The PM wanted everything to be expedited at the earliest
so that coal production is not affected," he said.
The coal deficit being faced by power utilities in the
country is expected to double to 104 MT in the next fiscal.
The deficit at present is being met through imports. Of
the total installed power capacity of 159,398 MW in India,
almost 50 per cent is based on coal.
Last year, the Environment Ministry had prohibited mining
in `no-go` areas where there is a forest cover of 30 per cent.
As per the guidelines, the mining is allowed only in the
The `no-go` classification has disallowed mining
in 203 coal blocks with a production potential of 660 million
tonnes per annum, which would affect about 1,30,000 MW
potential power generation capacity per annum, officials in
the Coal Ministry said.
The Prime Minister also asked Ramesh to "revisit the
moratorium on CEPI(Comprehensive Environmental Pollution
Index)", the source said.
In 2009, the Ministry of Environment and Forests had
introduced CEPI to categorise the environmental quality at
specific locations and conducted a nation-wide assessment of
In a notification on January 13, 2010, the MoEF had
imposed a temporary moratorium on development projects in 43
clusters labelled critically polluted.