Central Coalfields (CCL), an arm of Coal India, has received green nod for expansion of its Konar open cast mine and the setting up of a non-coking coal washery in Jharkhand's Bokaro district at a cost of Rs 1,538 crore. The CCL's proposal is to expand the Konar mine capacity to 8-11 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), from the existing 4-5 mtpa, and establish an integrated non-coking washery with a capacity of 7 mtpa. The proposal was examined by the Union environment ministry after taking into account recommendations of its expert panel. A final environment clearance (EC) was given to CCL on July 31. The clearance to the proposed project has been given subject to compliance of certain specific and general conditions. The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 1,538 crore of which, Rs 1,286.54 crore will be spent on the expansion of the mine and Rs 251.48 crore for the washery.
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