Amid Social Media Protests, Mining Firm Claims Coal Extraction On Hold At Assam's Dehing Patkai

Amid Social Media Protests, Mining Firm Claims Coal Extraction On Hold At Assam's Dehing Patkai

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Coal India Limited was permitted to conduct opencast coal mining in 98.59 hectares of the reserve forest

At a time when a social media campaign in Assam against the centre's approval for coal mining around the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve is gathering steam and the Assam government assuring a review on the decision to allow coal mining in the rain forest of Dehing Patkai, better known as the Amazon of the East, the mining firm has finally broken its silence.

The North Eastern Coalfields (NEC), an Assam-based coal producing unit of Coal India limited (CIL) on Tuesday in press statement claimed that it is in the process of complying with stipulations and conditions laid down by the National Board for Wild Life (NBWL) and Ministry of Environment & Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) for mining Coal in Tikak Open Cast Project, falling under Saleki Proposed Reserve Forest of Dehing Patkai.

"It is clarified that nearest distance of Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary from the project is 9.19 Km and nearest Elephant Corridor, Golai-Powai is located at a distance of more than 10 Km from the project", NEC added in the statement sent to media.

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