Goa government is awaiting environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment and
Forests for a coal block, allotted to it in the Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, in 2009, Industries Minister
Mahadev Naik said in a written reply to Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte.
The forest clearance for extracting coal is also awaited, the Minister said. The expert appraisal
committee (EAC) of the MoEF has given its recommendation to MoEF, paving the way for the grant of
the EC, the reply stated.
Naik said that the Ministry of Coal has granted its administrative approval in respect of the mining lease
along with approving the mines plan. “The land acquisition through surface rights route has commenced
and the sub-divisional magistrate has passed an order for land compensation, the amount for which has
been deposited,” the Minister said.
Khaunte in his question had sought to know the details of the present status of coal block. The
Industries minister said that total five companies had applied and were considered in response to the
Expression of Interest. KSK energy ventures pvt ltd has been identified by the government to develop
power at its block.
Further, Naik said ‘royalty at the rate of 14 per cent ad-valorem on the price of coal as reflected in the
invoice, excluding taxes, levies and other charges will be paid to the government of Chhattisgarh as per
statutory provisions. The rate per tonne of coal to be supplied is yet to be fixed’.
State 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. [H]