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Rajkishan Patel has been selected by NCA for the training

Rajkishan Patel has been selected by NCA for the training

Six Coal India projects have got stalled

Six Coal India projects have got stalled, with state governments not processing the proposals for forest clearance and not launching prosecution against company officials involved in violation of environmental laws at the project sites.

Coal mining projects require two types of green nods to start operations — forest and environmental clearance. The forest clearance is initiated and sent by the state government to the Centre for evaluation while the environmental clearance is submitted by the project proponent directly to the Centre. But a Supreme Court order has made it mandatory for project developers to secure a forest clearance as a pre-condition to getting the environmental clearance in cases where forest land is involved.

An internal stock taking of the environment ministry has revealed that six coal projects have got stuck as the states are yet to forward the forest clearances.

Two key cases for which Coal India Limited has been seeking speedy clearances cannot be cleared until the state governments take action against officials of the companies involved in violations earlier. Under existing regulations, projects can only get final nod in cases where violations have happened if the state governments first start criminal proceedings against the officers for such violations.

Sources in the ministry said “credible action” against officials who had violated the norms remained pending in the Lajkura Expansion Phase 1 and Belpahar Expansion both falling in Jharsuguda, Odisha. The forest clearance proposal from the states is also awaited for both projects.

The other projects for which forest clearance proposals from the state are pending include the 2.5 million tonne per annum (mtpa) project of expansion of Tetariakhar, Ananta, Hingula and Lakhanpur coal blocks.

Ministry officials said these projects can only get the final nod once the forest clearance proposals are received and assessed at the Centre.

House panel skips major issues in Sambalpur

The House panel completed its visit to the district headquarters hospital in just 30 minutes, passing some instructions to the hospital authorities, works department and the CDMO.

It held a review meeting regarding the developmental works of the district. All the line officers, including district Collector Pradeep Kumar Rath and SP Nikhil Kanodia were present.

It had been expected that there would be a serious discussion on utter negligence in the health sector, but nothing of the sort happened. The committee headed by MLA Pravat Ranjan Biswal completed the review within 45 minutes and left for Jharsuguda.

It had been expected that there would be hot discussions on different subjects, including procurement of paddy and PDS. But the issues were skipped. However, during the period, the members asked the officials to make full utilisation of the budget provided for the purpose by March.

Discussions were also made on four-laning of the Sambalpur-Rourkela State Highway 10, reconstruction of Jhulenpali bridge in Jamankira-Kuchinda road, construction of stadium at Kuchinda and PMGSY roads, among others.

4-year-old boy rescued at Jharsuguda

Acting promptly on a complaint, police rescued a four-year-old boy and nabbed his kidnapper from Jharsuguda on Tuesday evening. The accused, Sunil Sawant, was produced in court on Wednesday.

Reports said the boy was found missing after school on Tuesday. His mother, Laxmi, had gone to pick him up but was told that he had left with an acquaintance. Before she could lodge a complaint with police, Sunil called asking her to return the money she had borrowed from him. Laxmi knew Sunil, a resident of sector 3, through a common friend.

She immediately lodged a complaint in Bondamunda police station and the police tracked the call to Jharsuguda. Plain-clothes cops nabbed Sunil at Jharsuguda police station and rescued the boy.

“Considering the urgency of the case, police began the investigation even before receiving a written complaint,” said additional SP (Rourkela) Sudersan Sethi.

At last flight service started to Jharsuguda

Firing at GolebazarThe state government received a shot in the arm over its long pending demand to accord international tag for Biju Patnaik Airport here following Air Odisha Aviation introduced its flight services in the state on Friday.

The air service, in the first phase will be available for Bhubaneswar, Jharsuguda and Rourkela which in a later stage will be extended to some major industrial hubs of the state, according to company officials.  Odisha-based Air Odisha is also mulling to extend the flight services to Vizag and Tirupati, looking at the increasing demand among passengers.

On Friday the 9-seated aircraft took off from Bhubaneswar airport at 9:45am and landed at the Durlaga airport in Jharsuguda taking a flying time of nearly one hour. The flight service was flagged off by state Tourism and Culture minister Maheswar Mohanty. According to Air Odisha officials, the daily flight from Bhubaneswar to Rourkela via Jharsuguda will be later extended to Raipur.

The state is planning to develop at least five greenfield airports, at upcoming industrial centres like Paradip, Dhamra, Angul, Kalinganagar and Rayagada. Moreover, it has also proposed to upgrade existing airstrips at Gopalpur, Jharsuguda, Jeypore, Barbil and Rourkela.