NEW DELHI: Maharashtra has sought the coal ministry’s intervention in getting forest clearance from the Chhattisgarh authorities coal block allotted to its energy stations within the Vidarbha area, turning into the second state to knock on the Centre’s doorways over mining hurdles in a state that has the nation’s third-largest coal deposits.
MAHAGENCO (Maharashtra State Energy Era Firm) MD Sanjay Khandare final week wrote to coal secretary Anil Jain, saying the utility had fulfilled the situations for forest diversion for the Gare Palma-II coal block in October 2021 however the state authorities was but to ship its advice for Stage-I forest clearance to the Centre.
Khandare requested the ministry to intervene within the matter as an early clearance was necessary to begin manufacturing from the block, positioned in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh, by October 2023 deadline.
This the second occasion of delays being confronted by coal block house owners in Chhattisgarh. As first reported by TOI, Rajasthan was the primary to knock on the Centre’s doorways over Chhattisgarh authorities delaying clearances for beginning two new mines and ramping up manufacturing from two others allotted to Rajasthan.
As each states are dominated by the Congress, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot escalated the matter to celebration president Sonia Gandhi after his letters to Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel looking for immediate motion went unheeded.
The Gare Palma-II block was awarded in August 2015 to MAHAGENCO for fuelling the Koradi, Chandrapur-8 energy vegetation, the most important technology advanced within the state’s Vidarbha area. The block has peak annual manufacturing capability of over 23 million tonne.
MAHAGENCO had utilized for forest clearance in 2016 for 214 hectares of forest land. However the utility couldn’t be processed attributable to unavailability of presidency land for compensatory afforestation. The utility reworked the mine boundary, obtained non-public land for afforestation and submitted the main points to the district forest authorities in September final yr.
The district authorities cleared the forest diversion proposal and forwarded it to the state authorities in October 2021 for recommending Stage-I approval to the Union forest and setting ministry. However the state authorities is but to ship the advice to the Centre.

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