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Chhattisgarh grants Rajasthan permit for coal mining project on forest land in Parsa Kanta block

The Government of India had allocated 15 MTPA coal blocks at Parsa East-Kanta Basan (PEKB) in Chhattisgarh and 5 MTPA capacity at Parsa to Rajasthan in 2015.

The Chhattisgarh government has granted Rajasthan’s state utility Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam permission to mine 1,136 hectares of forest land in the state for coal. The permit was granted as part of the second phase of the Parsa East-Kanta Basan block. This comes a day after Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot met Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel in Raipur. During the meeting, Gehlot Baghel asked for early granting of mining permits in the coal block allocated to Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam (RRVUN).

The decision is expected to ensure a smooth supply of coal to thermal units in Rajasthan. Prior to the Chhattisgarh Government, the Union Department for Environment and Forests and Climate Change had approved the project.

Parsa East-Kanta Basan, under Hasdeo Aranya, has been allocated to RRVUN while Adani Enterprises is the mine developer and operator. According to Indian Express, Phase I of the PEKB coal mine, which had a lifespan of 15 years, was reportedly exhausted within eight years. Therefore, phase 2 mining was required.

The Chhattisgarh Government said in a statement that the District Collector and District Forest Divisional Officer of Sarguja have been directed to take the necessary action by following the conditions outlined in the permit issued to RRVUN.

The Government of India had allocated 15 MTPA coal blocks at Parsa East-Kanta Basan (PEKB) in Chhattisgarh and 5 MTPA capacity at Parsa in Rajasthan in 2015. Mining at the first phase of the Parsa East-Kanta Basan coal block has been completed this month. In such a situation, due to the non-supply of coal for the power generation units of Rajasthan, an electricity crisis occurred in the state.

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Chris Barrese

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