2 Mths Before Retirement, Ccf Granted Clearance To Gondkhairi Coal Mine, ET EnergyWorld

NAGPUR: The Adani Power Maharashtra Limited’s (APML) proposal of forest clearance for its underground coal mine project in Gondkhari near the city may be in the preliminary stages, but getting the clearance seems to be a mere formality since forest officials have already recommended it.

Documents with TOI show that clearance for 87.351 hectare forest land for the mine has already been recommended by former chief conservator of forest (CCF) Rangnath Naikade on March 28, two months before his retirement on May 31 this year.

Talking to TOI, Naikade said there is no wildlife in the proposed area and not a single tree will be cut as the opening of the mine will be on non-forest land.

“The aerial distance of the mine is 34km from Mansinghdeo sanctuary and 20km from Bor Tiger Reserve. No deforestation will be done as the latest technology will be used and afforestation will be done in the block area. The project will boost economy in the area. Hence, we recommended it,” said Naikade.

However, there is a lot of opposition to the project from activists and green crusaders, who fear the coal mine will cause air, noise, and water pollution.

MPCC vice-president Nana Gawande, who opposed the project, said, “Adani coal mine will be located in 862 hectare, which is too big. In areas like Saoner, Parsheoni, and Murpaar (Chimur) underground coal mines, people are facing severe water crises and village wells have gone dry. High pollution is expected as most of the mined coal will be transported in open trucks.”

Gawande added the mine will certainly affect neighbouring Vena and Surabardi lakes. The Vena reservoir, spread over 550 hectare and supplying water to ordnance factories and industries, is 3km from the project site. “These companies make tall promises but are poor in delivering,” he added.

  • Published On Jun 22, 2023 at 12:03 PM IST

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