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Acom­mit­tee un­der the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and For­est has given green sig­nal to the pro­posed 2 mil­lion tonnes per an­num pel­let plant at the In­te­grated Steel Plant be­ing set up by NMDC in Ch­hat­tis­garh.

The state-owned miner is in the process of set­ting up 3 mtpa steel pro­ject and a 2 mtpa pel­let plant at Na­gar­nar in Ja­gadalpur district. The steel plant ob­tained the en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ance ear­lier and the PSU sought clear­ance from the MOEF for the pel­let plant also.

“Based on the pre­sen­ta­tion made and dis­cus­sions held, the com­mit­tee rec­om­mended the pro­ject for en­vi­ron­ment clear­ance sub­ject to stip­u­la­tion of the fol­low­ing spe­cific con­di­tions and any other mit­iga­tive mea­sures, as pre­scribed by the Min­istry for en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion...,” the Ex­pert Appraisal Com­mit­tee said in the min­utes of its lat­est meet­ing.

The land re­quired for pro­posed ex­pan­sion is 74.19 ha, which was ac­quired in 2010 and is in pos­ses­sion of Na­tional Min­eral De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (NMDC), the Com­mit­tee said.

“No for­est land is in­volved in the pro­ject. There are no na­tional parks/ sanc­tu­ar­ies/ eco-sen­si­tive zones and his­tor­i­cal places within 10 km ra­dius of pro­ject site. The to­tal es­ti­mated cost of pro­ject is Rs 818 crores. The cost pro­vi­sion for the en­vi­ron­men­tal mea­sures pro­posed in the pro­ject is about Rs 15.32 crores and Rs 100 lakhs per an­num to­wards re­cur­ring cost for un­der­tak­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion con­trol mea­sures,” it fur­ther said.

The iron ore con­cen­trate re­quired will be pro­duced at the pro­posed benefi­ca­tion plant in Bacheli which will be trans­ported through the slurry pipe­line from Bacheli to Na­gar­nar which will be set up by Na­tional Min­eral De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, it added. A se­nior of­fi­cial of the NMDC said they ex­pect com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion of the 3 MTPA ca­pac­ity steel plant by the middle of 2017.

Ch­hat­tis­garh govern­ment al­lot­ted a mine – Bailadila De­posit-4 – to Na­tional Min­eral De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and Ch­hat­tis­garh Min­eral De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion JV for cap­tive pur­pose for the In­te­grated Steel Plant.

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