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Nagaland coal policy and rules successfully implemented
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Tuesday, 06 Apr 2010

It is reported that the Department of Geology & Mining, Nagaland has successfully implemented ‘Nagaland Coal Policy’ & ‘The Nagaland Coal Mining Rules 2006.’

According to the annual administrative report of the department tabled in the state assembly session recently since the enforcement of these policy and rules, the department has granted one Coal Mining Lease and 31 Coal Prospecting Licenses to private companies and individuals for coal prospecting works in Mon, Mokokchung, Longleng and Wokha districts.

The department has also deputed flying squad teams to check unscientific mining and coal transportation. Seven mineral check gates have been set up so far, the department said adding that it is also contemplating to establish 2 more stock yard at Singphan and Naginimora and 3 weighting bridges at check gates.

The report said detail assessment of coal resources in the state were carried out to find out the prospect of utilizing the state’s coal in Mega Thermal Power Plants. Research and development works on Nagaland Coal for use in Thermal Power Plant was taken up in collaboration with NEIST, Jorhat. Feasibility of generating Thermal Power from Nagaland coal upto 25 MW by fluidized bed carbonization technology is indicated.

To create awareness and educate the prospecting license holders and coal operators in Nagaland, training on “Basic Coal Mining Methods and Safety Measures” programme was conducted by the department in August 2009.

The report also said the department has increased revenue generation from 62 lakhs during 2008-09 to about 1.5 crores during 2009-10 on coal royalty. It said “There is a scope to generate more royalty from coal resources once Nagaland Coal Policy and Rules is implemented with requisite infrastructure and manpower.”

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