An environment clearance (EC) to state-owned steel major SAIL for construction of a pit head coking coal washery in its Tasra Coal Block in Dhanbad, Jharkhand has been recommended by a green panel.
The SAIL’s proposal at earlier meetings had sought clarifications, an Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Union Environment Ministry had discussed. Recently, the proposal was taken up again.
As per the minutes of the January 30-31 EAC meeting, “The EAC, after detailed deliberations, found the clarifications to the earlier observations as satisfactory, and recommended the proposal for grant of EC to the SAIL’s proposed Pit Head Coking Coal Washery of 3.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) in Jharia Coalfields.”
Subject to compliance of all generic conditions applicable for washery as well as fulfilment of other conditions it has suggested to the ministry to give a final green nod.
Among conditions specified, the EAC has said that the company should install a technology for washery that conforms to ‘Zero Liquid Discharge’ and provide a thick green belt of 30-45 metre width around the washery to mitigate/check the dust pollution.
The company should make sure that transportation of raw coal, cleaning of coal, middling and rejects to be done by rail with wagon loading through silo.
That apart, disposal of washery rejects should be according to the extant policy and guidelines, and should also be environment friendly.
SAIL will source 3.5 MTPA raw coal from its Tasra open cast project, according to the proposal. The project would require 20 hectare of land, of which 18 hectare for the washery and 2 hectare for the railway siding.
The company has said in 18 months it would complete the construction and commissioning of Tasra washery including trial operation and Performance Guarantee Tests (PGT).
News source: economictimes.indiatimes.com
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