Coal mining projects in Talabira, Odisha

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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF COAL RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.- 5 ANSWERED ON – 14/09/2020 COAL MINING PROJECTS IN TALABIRA, ODISHA 5. Dr. Amar Patnaik: Will the Minister of Coal be pleased to state:- (a) the factors behind Government's decision to approve the coal mining projects in Talabira, Sambalpur district, Odisha; (b) whether any assessment was done on ecological impact of the project on the forest and the surrounding villages; (c) if so, the details thereof; and (d) if not, the reasons therefor? ANSWER THE MINISTER OF PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS, COAL AND MINES (SHRI PRALHAD JOSHI) (a) As a step towards fulfilling the country growing power requirement, reducing import of coal in India and also based on the suitability of coal block for exploration of coal, Government of India has allotted Talabira II & III Open Cast Mine project to NLCIL for end use power plants viz; Pithead TPS of 3 x 800 MW capacity (Phase-I) & of 2 x 800 MW capacity (Phase – II) at Talabira, Odisha and 2 x 500 MW capacity NTPL TPS at Tuticorin, Tamilnadu. (b) Yes, Sir. (c) Ecological impact assessment covering the study of Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management Plan, wildlife management plan, afforestation plan, reclamation plan, mine closure plan and approval of compensatory afforestation were done. All required studies related to ecological impact of the project on the forest and the surrounding villages have been submitted to MoEF & CC and were duly verified by Forest Advisory Committee as well as MoEF & CC. Hence, the forest clearance has been granted for Talabira II & III OC Mine Project. (d) In view of (b) above, the question does not arise.