Development of NALCO’s Utkal D & E Coal Blocks Delayed
The Pioneer reported that public-sector National Aluminium Company has failed to develop the Utkal D and Utkal E coal blocks at Chhendipada of Angul even after five long years of their allotment. Till now, for a complete land acquisition process a meeting of the Project Land Rehabilitation & Resettlement Committee (PLRRC) has not been held as yet. Besides, a high-power RPDAC meeting has also not been held, for which a rehabilitation and resettlement package has not been finalised for the affected people. All this has led to an inordinate delay to start the mining work. Seven villages of Chhendipada block, namely, Nandighos, Raijharan, Kosala, Gopinathpur, Jungle, Kundajharinala and Similisahi, would be affected by the coalmining. Around 700 extended families of these villages would be displaced. Apart from it, vast common property resources and ecology would be affected by the coalmining.
The Government of India has allocated these two coal blocks to the Nalco in May 2016 for fuel supply to its captive power plant. The Nalco was supposed to develop the coal blocks within 44 months after their allotment.
The allotted coal blocks may be developed at the earliest to ensure supply of coal to the captive power plant," the CAG had said in its report tabled in Parliament.