Parliamentary consultative committee reviews compliance status of environmental norms by coal companies

The Parliamentary Consultative Committee of Ministry of Coal has reviewed the status of compliance of environmental norms by coal and lignite companies.

Environment protection during mining activities was identified as one of the key thrust areas of coal or lignite public sector undertakings (PSUs). It ensures that various statutory provisions prescribed in environmental rules and regulations are adhered to and appropriate environmental standards are maintained in and around mining areas.Asustainable development cell (SDC) has been created in the Ministry of Coal to advice, mentor, plan and monitor environmental sustainability of coal mines. Also, star rating of mines has been adopted to incentivise self-environmental compliances. In consultation of coal/lignite PSUs, a roadmap has been drawn for plantation, mine water utilisation, development of eco-parks, energy efficiency measures etc. Initiatives have also been taken to explore use of LNG to reduce carbon footprint. Also, a programme for third party environmental audit of mines and ecological studies by engaging reputed institutions has been chalked out.