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Magic! How the government stretched a “one-time” measure to bypass environment checks for coal mines

  • In 2012, coal mines were allowed a one-time expansion of capacity by 25% without any public hearing.
  • Since 2014, the benefit has been extended twice, which mines have exploited, disregarding a key element of the environment-impact process.
  • Now a new draft policy proposes to make such expansions the norm.
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14 Jun 2019 4 Mins Read 0 comment
According to a report by the International Energy Agency, India, along with China and the US, accounts for about 70% of the global increase in demand for energy. India’s domestic coal production is unable to meet the country’s exponentially rising demand, resulting in high imports. In its attempts to increase domestic coal production, the government has gradually diluted the
cleared for increase to 28MTPA in 2017) have similarly gained from these relaxations. The zero draft, if it gets a Parliament nod, will further ease business for mine owners. The only losers in this scheme are people living around such mines, who have lost the right to voice their concerns, for once. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)
According to a report by the International Energy Agency, India, along with China and the US, accounts for about 70% of the global increase in demand for energy. India’s domestic coal production is unable to meet the country’s exponentially rising demand, resulting in high imports. In its attempts to increase domestic coal production, the government has gradually diluted the cleared for increase to 28MTPA in 2017) have similarly gained from these relaxations. The zero draft, if it gets a Parliament nod, will further ease business for mine owners. The only losers in this scheme are people living around such mines, who have lost the right to voice their concerns, for once. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)

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