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Environmental Clearance under Two Years of NDA

1.  Projects cleared in major development sectors

  • In the past two years (June 2014 until April 2016), the MoEF&CC has given environmental clearances (EC) to nearly 385 development projects (combining new and expansion projects) in major sectors – mining (coal and non-coal), thermal power plant, hydropower, iron and steel and cement (see Table 1: Environmental clearances granted to major sectors). The number accounts for clearances given at the Central level.
  • Among these, a key focus has been the mining sector combining both coal and non-coal projects. For coal mining, 68 projects with a cumulative production capacity of about 164 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) were cleared.
  • For non-coal mining projects a total number of 250 projects of about 338 MTPA were cleared. Among this, majority clearances involve mining for sand/bajri/gravel/stone etc.
  • Besides the Government has also granted considerable clearances for roads (also connecting roads) and highways including projects in coastal areas. About 150 projects have been cleared under this as per Government categorization.

 
Table 1: Environmental clearances granted to major sector (June 2014 - April 2016)

Sectors No. of projects Capacity
Coal Mining 68 164.29 MTPA
Iron Ore Mining 12 41.66 MTPA
Lime Stone Mining 34 64.68 MTPA
Bauxite Mining 10 9.57 MTPA
Other Minerals (including sand/bajri/gravel/stone) 194 222.43 MTPA
Thermal Power 21 19,517 MW
Iron and Steel 24

25 MTPA
Cement 15

49 MTPA
Hydro 7 3643 MW

 

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