Goa industrial development corporation expects environmental clearance for coal block soon


The Goa industrial development corporation (GIDC) is in the process of getting an environmental clearance (EC) from the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) for a coal block allotted to the Goa government, in the Raigarh district of Chattishgarh in 2009.
F O Hashmi, managing director of GIDC, told TOI that the expert appraisal committee (EAC) of the MoEF has given its recommendation to the ministry, paving the way for the grant of the EC. It has also asked the MoEF to obtain certain clarifications from the ministry of coal and the ministry of power, before the EC is granted. But Hashmi said that those are minor clarifications, and that they should not be a problem. "The GIDC has also written to both ministries," he added.
The development of coal blocks, which remained uninitiated for over three years, is expected to take off in the next few months, after receiving the EC clearance.
"We expect to the get EC in a month or so," Hashmi said, when asked how fast will the EC come through and allow the state to start coal mining at the allotted block.
Goa expects to generate over 240 megawatts of power through this coal block. The coal mining will be done through a government-owned company- the national mineral development corporation (NMDC).
A tri-party agreement will be signed between the GIDC, the department of power, government of Goa, and the power developer. KSK energy ventures pvt ltd has been identified by the government to develop power at its block. Other details regarding the project will be decided later.. [TOI]