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Reply on coal mining
Published on 12 Jul. 2009 12:58 AM IST
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State department of geology and mining has brought many unregulated coal mining activities under its control and is regulating the same under the Nagaland Coal Mining Rules, 2006, which is framed under the Nagaland Ownership and Transfer of Land and its Resources Act, 1990, parliamentary secretary, geology and mining, Y. Patton stated while replying to a starred question at the 4th session of the 11th Nagaland Legislative Assembly Friday. Large-scale unregulated coal mining is going on in parts of Mon, Mokokchung, Longleng and Wokha districts and so far, the department of geology and mining has issued 24 coal prospecting license for carrying out prospecting works to private companies and some individuals and one mining lease has been issued, a DIPR bulletin reported. The parliamentary secretary for geology and mining said government has given one coal mining license to Tiru Coal Project Ltd to operate one opencast mining in Upper Tiru village and the mine is under proper regulation and control of the department of geology and mining. According to the report the department of geology and mining has, however, not issued any license to any individual or company in Konya area of Tuensang district. Stating that it was mandatory that company or individual applying for grant of mining lease should first conduct Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), the parliamentary secretary said Tiru Coal Project Ltd has accordingly carried out Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and the same was consented by the competent authority, the Nagaland State Pollution Control Board (NSPCB) after which the Mining Lease was granted.

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