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Ministry of Environments approves Essar’s Paradip Coal Berth

July 13, 2012 1 comment

The MoEF has accorded approval for the All Weather Deep Draft Coal Berth at Paradip port (Orissa) that has been awarded to Essar Ports.

The coal berth project was awarded to Essar on BOT basis on a 30 year concession. Now, the company has received formal intimation from the Paradip Port Trust to commence mobilization towards construction activities. The company will build a mechanised berth of 370 mtrs length. This would give the facility an effective handling capability of 14 to 18 million tpa. This project is a part of Paradip Port Trust’s plans towards mechanisation of coal imports.

MoEF nod for Vedanta University

April 22, 2010 Leave a comment

The MoEF has accorded clearance to the proposed Vedanta University in Orissa promoted by the Anil Agarwal Foundation (AAF). The project which has been facing land acquisition problems has also got the CRZ (Coastal Regulatory Zone) clearance.

AAF plans to develop a multi-disciplinary university on the Puri-Konark marine drive at an investment of Rs 5,000 crore. The university will be spread over 6,892 acre with a total construction area of 273.68 lakh sq mtrs.

As per the project blueprint, 1,500 acre is earmarked for academic block, 1,200 acre for R&D centre and research work and 1,092 acre for green belt and open spaces. A township is likely to come up over 2,100 acre for the faculty. A sports complex spread over 100 acre and an exhibition centre on 100 acre are other features of the university project.

Meanwhile, in the first phase of the university project, a 500-bed multi-specialty hospital will come up on 37 acre at a cost of Rs 400 crore.

OPGCL’s expansion project at Banaharpalli gets MoEF nod

February 20, 2010 1 comment

The MoEF has accorded approval to the 2×660 MW expansion of the already operational thermal power plant set up by Orissa Power Generation Corporation (OPGCL), located at Banaharpalli, in Jharsuguda district of Orissa.

The coal requirement, of 6.73 million tonne at 80 per cent plant load factor will be met from the Manoharpur and dip-side of Manoharpur coal blocks in the Ib Valley area, which contains a total reserve of 531 million tonne.

The water requirement of 4,100 cubic mtrs per hour is to be sourced from the Hirakud reservoir, the linkage to which has been accorded by the State Government.

Stage-II forest clearance for Posco’s Orissa plant

January 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Pohang Steel Company (Posco) of South Korea has received the much-awaited Stage II forest diversion clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for its Rs 54,000-crore, 12-million tpa integrated steel project in Orissa.

According to sources, the Ministry permitted diversion of 1,253.225 hectares of forest land for Posco India to set up an integrated steel plant and a captive port. The company requires a total of 5,525 acres, of which 4,004.19 acres is needed for the project site and the balance for the township at Paradeep in Orissa. Of this 4,004.19 acres, 437.66 acres is private land, 607.74 acres is non-forest government land, and 2,958.79 acres is state forest land.

The Centre had granted the Stage I environmental clearance to Posco India in October 2008.

Posco requires around 4,004.19 acres for its project in Jagastsinghpur district of Orissa. Of this, 2,958 acres was marked as village forest and protected forest in state government records. Though the company signed an MoU with the state in June 2005, the latter has not been able to procure any land due to public opposition since much of the area was forest land and needed to be diverted for non-forest use.

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