Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today urged the Centre to allot four coal mines of the State namely Rampia, Dip side of Rampia, Ghograpalli and Dip extension of Ghograpali to Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL) instead of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL).
In a letter to Union Coal Minister Piyush Goel, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik stated that WCL with its headquarters at Nagpur in Maharashtra may not tackle effectively the issues like land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement of the locals affected by the project.
“It is, therefore, requested that the matter may be re-examined and aforementioned coal mines of Odisha may be allotted to the MCL instead of another Coal India Limited (CIL) subsidiary located away from the State,” the letter read.
The CIL may set up another subsidiary for Talchel Coalfield if MCL fails to handle more coal mines, he said.
The MCL which has achieved a record production of 143 million tonnes during 2017-18, can grow further with a more focussed approach towards rehabilitation and resettlement of affected families, Patnaik mentioned in the letter.