An Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) study revealed thermal power plants contribute to rise in ambient temperature (temperature of the surroundings) by 2 to 3 degree Celsius.

The government has so far received 36 applications from companies such as Jindal Steel and Power and Tata Steel in response to a notice inviting applications for allotment of three coal blocks on t

The steel maker was also buying the balance lumpy ore from the stand alone miner to feed its three mtpa steel unitat Raigad (Chhatisgarh)

The date would be applicable for fixing rates of land acquisition cases initiated before 2014

The state government has decided to consider January 1, 2014 as the cutoff date to evaluate the benchmark value of land, the same day when the revised land acquisition law, the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act (RFCTLAR&R), 2013, came into effect.

The government has decided to give firms, including JSPL and Tata Steel, more time to seek clearances from Environment Ministry and furnish proof on the same to Coal Ministry by December 1, failing

The Government has decided to take back coal mines awarded to some 50 companies, including Adani Power, JSPL, Tata Group, Rungta Mines, Arcelor Mittal, Lanco, Hindalco and GMR.

Coal secretary also said that since the IMG on coal blocks will be required to assess the situation with regard to grant of FC within a reasonable time period, it is considered necessary to co-opt a representative of MoEF on the panel

The coal ministry has asked the environment ministry to assess the feasibility of grant of forest clearances (stage II) with regard to 10 coal blocks allocated to companies like Hindalco, JSPL, Tata Steel and Essar Power and send its comments by this week.

Eight of these blocks are part of the 61 captive coal acreages allocated to private companies post 2005

Acting on the recommendations of a high-level inter-ministerial panel, the coal ministry on Monday cancelled 10 coal blocks allocated to 18 companies including Adani Power, Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL), Rungta Mines and a joint venture between Tata and South African Sasol.

Letter to M/s Jindal Steel & Power Ltd., reg. Review of coal blocks by the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) in its 24th meeting held on 7-8th February, 2014 regarding de-allocation of Ramchandi Promotional coal block (Coal to Liquit) (CTL) block in the State of Odisha.

Ministry will wait further before deciding on 30 others

Acting on the recommendations of the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG), the Coal Ministry is likely to issue formal orders for cancellation of 29 captive coal blocks belonging to Hindalco, Tata Power, Jindal Steel and Power and Essar Power, among others.