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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION

The impact on the environment due to coal mining activity is being monitored constantly by the company and adequate measures for control of Air, Water & Noise Pollution, Land degradation, Deforestation etc are being undertaken in accordance with the provisions of all statutory norms, Acts, Rules on regular basis by adopting following Environment Protection Activities.

With the growing importance on reclamation of land, proper closure of mines, better air, water and land management, addressing public concerns on environment, R & R, CSR etc., the area addressed in the EC conditions has also increased manifolds. Also the developed concept of environmental parameters like reduction in carbon and water footprint, earning carbon credit, combating Climate Change, etc. have made us inclined to work on this front as expected by the stakeholders. ECL firmly believes in adhering to the concepts of Sustainable Development and adoption of non-conventional energy to meet the energy demands. Sustainable use of mine water and replenishment of groundwater is also prioritised on the forefront of environmental core issues. As a part of this we have initiated programs such as Rainwater Harvesting, installation of Solar Panels etc.

Major Achievements during 2015-16:

Environment clearance:

In continuation to our efforts for obtaining EC for pre-nationalized mines (Raniganj Coalfields inherited 75 mines from pre-nationalization era with few dating back to 1774), mines under Cluster no. 4 and Cluster no. 11 were granted EC during 2015-16. Ten Clusters obtained EC in the year 2014-15. Under the Cluster scheme EC process for all the 106 mines with a total EC capacity of 77.53 MTPA was completed.

The details of EC obtained during 2015-16:

Sl. No.

Name of Proposal

No. of Mines

EC Capacity (MTPY)

Date of Grant of EC

1

Cluster No. 4

3

7.71

21-07-2015

2

Cluster No. 11

11

8.20

21-07-2015

3

Cluster No. 12- amendment

19

31.83

03-03-2016

Total

33

47.74


Progress of EC process in 2015-16

Sl. No.

Activity during 2015-16

No. of Proposals / Clusters

1

Draft EIA/EMP prepared

2

2

Public Hearing conducted successfully

5

3

Final/Addendum EIA/EMP Prepared

3

4

Amendment proposal submitted to MoEF (along with Mining Plan)

2

5

Proposals submitted to MoEF&CC for EC

5

6

No. of EAC meeting attended

10

7

Environment Clearance granted by MoEF&CC

3

8

Environment Clearance recommended by MoEF&CC

2

Forest Clearance:

The major achievement with regard to FC in the current Fiscal are:

  1. Grant of Stage-I & Stage-II Forestry Clearance for diversion 78.00 Ha of Forest Land for Jhanjra UGP which will enable production from Low Height Continuous Miner.
  2. Grant of Stage-I Clearance for diversion of 32.65 Ha of Forest land for Sonepur Bazari OCP.

  3. Compliance report was submitted for diversion of 90.3 Ha of Forest Land for Jhanjra UGP and 32.65 Ha of Forest land for Sonepur Bazari OCP which are in final stage for grant of Stage-II FC.
  4. In the case of forest land proposal of Chitra OCP (2.5 MTPA)–diversion of 124.28 Ha exemption was granted for providing non-forest land for Compensatory Afforestation after a lot of deliberation between State Govt. and MoEF&CC.
  5. Progress of Forest Clearance in 2015-16:

    Sl. No.

    Status

    No. of Proposals/Clusters

    1

    Stage-II Clearance Granted

    1

    2

    Stage-I Clearance Granted

    2

    3

    Proposals Forwarded to MoEFCC for Stage-I Clearance

    1

    4

    Proposals Considered in FAC Meeting

    3

    5

    Proposals Under consideration at State Govt. for Stage-II Clearance

    3

    6

    New proposals for Stage-I Clearance Initiated

    3

Plantation:

During 2015-16, 2,50,000 saplings were planted over 100 Ha of land within ECL Command Area. Progressive plantation covered by State Forest Departments in ECL Command Area is 7.2413 million saplings over an area of 2901.49 Ha of land. The major thrust of the plantation has been reclamation. 80 Ha out of 100 Ha plantations have been carried out in OB dumps.

Sustainable Development initiatives:

In continuation to our initiative for rain water harvesting started from 2012-13, six rooftop rainwater harvesting projects were successfully completed by ECL under the aegis of its Sustainable Development Initiatives at Mugma Area and Satgram Area.

Special Achievements:

  1. Environment Clearance of all the mines under Cluster Scheme (106 mines) was completed. There are no non-EC mines in ECL.
  2. Implementation of EMP and EC compliance of pre-nationalized mines made for the first time.
  3. Show casing the efforts of ECL on Ecological Restoration by presenting the case study of Gunjan Park which was included in the achievement list of COP-21, UNFCC held from 30th November 2015 – 12th December 2015.

     
             
     
             

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