Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Coal
22-November-2010 16:34 IST
Clearance to Coal Projects
The Ministry of Coal has been pursuing with the Ministry of Environment and Forests to expedite environment and forestry clearances of all the coal projects. This is a continuous process as the coal companies expend their activities by formulating new projects to increase production. It is a fact that coal bearing areas cover less than 0.54 per cent of land mass of India and the forest cover on this land is only about 0.16 per cent of the country’s land mass. Several meetings have been held in the Planning Commission and the Prime Minister Office with concerned Ministries to resolve this issue.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Coal (Independent Charge) Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal, in a written reply to a question the Rajya Sabha today.