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New licensing policy for coal mining in state
Published on 9 Sep. 2010 12:25 AM IST
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State Geology & Mining department has announced that coal prospecting license (CPL) holders would need to apply for new mining license in order to continue mining coal for purposes other than prospecting.
This was contained in a communiqué issued by Director Geology & Mining H.K.Chishi. The department stated that issue of transport challan under CPL would be discontinued, except the quantity allowed under rules for prospecting, as decided earlier by state cabinet. Quantity would also be applicable only to fresh applicants.
The department said the new policy was necessitated as mining and transportation of coal for commercial purposes under CPL was illegal. It pointed out that all CPL holders can apply for mining license as soon as they could prove viable deposits of coal after obtaining CPL but that there was no mandatory period. A cell in its directorate has been set up to expedite applications for mining lease by CPL holders as well as fresh applicants for CPL, and also to receive and process the applications.
‘No Objection Certificate’ from pollution control board of Nagaland will be required for mining lease applicants. Similarly, environmental clearance will also be required for which an empowered committee under the forest department, Nagaland has been constituted with power to give clearance up to 50 hectares.
For small mines, below 5 hectares, the two mentioned clearances would not be necessary but application would be examined by department’s technical committee.
Meanwhile, the department has notified that immediate steps be taken to obtain mining lease for commercial production and transportation.

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