Allot State’s Coalmines To MCL Instead Of WCL- Naveen Tells Centre

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik today urged the union coal minister to re-examine the coal ministry’s decision for allotment of State’s four coalmines to Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) in Maharashtra.

In a letter to union coal minister Piyush Goyal, Patnaik said the WCL with its headquarters at Nagpur in Maharashtra may not be in a position to tackle the local issues like rehabilitation and resettlement.

The ministry of coals has decided to allot four coal mines of Odisha in Rampia, Dip Side of Rampia, Ghogarpalli and dip extension of Ghogarpalli to western coalfields limited instead of Mahanadi coalfields which is operating several coalmines in Odisha.

Operation of coalmines requires close coordination with local administration for land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement of project-affected families.

The MCL has achieved a record production of more than 143 million tons of coal during 2017-18 fiscal year with focused approach towards rehabilitation and resettlement. So these coalmines may be re-allotted to MCL for better operation, he said.

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