Govt to give priority to three critical rail links to carry coal

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Narendra Modi-led BJP government will accord high priority to implementation of three critical rail links, a move that will ensure transportation of 300 million tonne (MT) of additional coal amid shortages faced in the country, reported PTI.

The government will accord "high priority to implementation of three critical rail links for coal evacuation," a Coal Ministry document said.

With demand and supply gap continuously widening, the Ministry will also streamline procedures for environment and forest clearance by adopting online processing of applications, it said. The government will also adopt cluster approach for environmental clearances to augment the production of coal from a group of mines, it added.

The Ministry, it said, will also "expedite identification of inviolate areas and eco-sensitive zones to plan for coal from new areas."

State-owned Coal India (CIL), which accounts for over 80 per cent of the domestic coal production, had earlier said that it is unable to tap the potential for supplying 300 MT of additional coal due to the absence of critical rail links for lifting the dry-fuel.

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Story first published: Monday, May 26, 2014, 23:00 [IST]
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