Coal Mine plans to link mining plan portal with
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NEW DELHI : The coal ministry plans to link the mining plan portal with Parivesh website, a top
official said on Tuesday.PARIVESH is a single-window hub for online submission, monitoring,
and management of proposals submitted to the Environment Ministry by project proponents to
seek various types of clearances.
"To take environment clearance there is PARIVESH portal. We are linking our mining plan portal
with PARIVESH portal. From one portal everyone can see, (be) monitored," Coal Secretary Anil
Kumar Jain said during stakeholders consultation on auction of coal mines for commercial
mining organised by Ficci.
He said that the government has taken steps for the ease of doing business in the coal sector. The
system for seeking environment and forest clearances for coal mines has improved, he added.
"So much of improvements has been made. To seek environment clearance (EC) (for a mine)
300-250 days were taken. A year back it came down to 110 days. Now they (environment
ministry) have made it to 90 days," he explained.For commercial mining many relaxations have
been in the bidding terms, Jain said adding "everything has been thought very minutely.
Everything has been very systematically sorted out."
He said if desired the government may go for an investment of 50,000 crore in eastern part of
the country in the states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha to ramp up coal evacuation.
Last month, the government launched the auction process for 41 coal blocks for commercial
mining, a move that opens India's coal sector for private players, and termed it a major step in
the direction of India achieving self-reliance.