Coal Ministry Conducts Workshop on Environmental and Forest Clearances for Coal Mining

The event, held in New Delhi, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC).

Coal Ministry Conducts Workshop on Environmental and Forest Clearances for Coal Mining

The coal ministry conducted a day-long workshop on Environmental and Forest Clearances for coal mining.

The event, held in New Delhi, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) was attended by over 175 officials from the Ministry of Coal, MoEFCC, Coal India Ltd, SECL, BCCL, ECL, NLCIL, SCCL, NTPC, Coal Controller Organisation, private coal companies, and other experts from the coal mining sectors.

In his opening remark, Shri M. Nagaraju emphasized the vital balance between economic benefits and environmental protection and stressed the need for securing clearances to ensure environmental sustainability. Shri Amrit Lal Meena, in his keynote address, underscored the coal ministry’s commitment to sustainability.

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He highlighted efforts on land restoration and extensive afforestation programs that surpass the areas used for mining activities. The coal companies presented videos on the best practices of their respective organizations in the inaugural session.

Ministry of Coal addressed the challenges being faced in obtaining Environmental and Forest Clearances and demonstrated successful navigation of the clearance processes, emphasizing lessons learned and innovative approaches. The interactive Q&A session provided a platform for the coal companies to have insights and expert views on the challenges being faced in obtaining the clearances. The Interactive panels addressed critical issues such as balancing development and environmental sustainability.

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The event concluded with remarks by senior officials, outlining the key takeaways and way forward to further simplify clearance procedures while upholding environmental safeguards.

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