Montek Questions Government's Mining Policy  

According to Ahluwalia, if the coal- bearing area remained out of the mining boundaries, it can tarnish the infrastructure based growth of the country. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman was questioning the policies set by the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

The Environment Ministry’s declaration of half the coal bearing forest mines in about nine coal fields as no mining zones or “no-go” areas has also annoyed the Coal Ministry as well. As per the Ministry, a shortage of 500million tonne coal should be expected in the next few years.

As a matter of fact, some coal blocks that were allotted to companies like Hindustan Zinc, Ultra Tech and Essar apart from some allotted to the ultra-mega projects, fall in the no-mining zones.

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