Environmental clearances

Mining concerns

Print edition : February 21, 2014

At Chendipada in Angul district of Odisha, a coal-laden truck leaving the mine area. Photo: lingaraj panda

The decision to allow the expansion of coal mines without environmental clearances and a public hearing illustrates the MoEF’s role as a facilitator for the mining industry rather than as a custodian of a valuable natural resource.
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