Keonjhar, Sundergarh, Angul and Koraput see maximum diversion

As many as 18077.329 hectares (ha) of forest land have been diverted for mining activities in the state till June 2013. “About 52040.805 ha of different types of forest land are leased out in the mining areas. On approval of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest, about 18077.329 hectares of forest land are diverted in accordance with the Forest Conservation Act, 1980,” state Forest and Environment Minister, Bijayshree Routray said in a written reply to the state assembly.

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Odisha Integrated Power Ltd will conduct bidding process for selecting developer for first 4,000 MW

The Union power ministry has decided to complete the process of bidding and award of projects for the Bhedabahal (Odisha) and Cheyyur (Tamil Nadu) ultra mega power projects (UMPPs) by January next year.

Conducted by State Pollution Control Board, hearing saw the participation of more than 1,000 villagers

The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) conducted the public hearing at Koira (Sundargarh) for capacity ramp up of Koira iron ore mines to four million tonne per annum (mtpa) from 1.5 mtpa presently and also for establishment of a 1.2 mtpa pellet plant at Nuagaon by Aditya Birla Group owned Essel Mining & Industries Ltd (EMIL).

Analysing the problem-ridden process of implementing the Forest Rights Act 2006 in Odisha, this paper points out that it has focused more on providing land rights to individual claimants, neglecting community forest rights, the rights in protected areas, and other such provisions. Even so, the number of titles granted to tribal households is small compared to their total number in the state. Effective and comprehensive implementation of the FRA will have a significant impact on the livelihood of forest dwellers and the conservation of forests.

Apart from that firms in dock are Tata Steel, Essel Mining, MCL, OMC

At a time when the mine owners in Odisha are already burdened with a hefty penalty of Rs 65,000 crore imposed by the mines department for excess ore extraction, there is no let up from the environment department as well.

The protest of people of 19 villages under Lakhanpur block in Jharsuguda district against proposed 4000-mw super thermal power plant by NTPC and JSW in Chhattisgarh border continued on Monday.

BHUBANESWAR: Families affected by Hirakud dam staged a demonstration outside the assembly here on Saturday, demanding 10 decimal of homestead land to each family.

Four more bodies were today extricated from under a coal dump which crashed at an open cast mine of the Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd in Odisha’s Sundargarh district yesterday, taking the toll to 14, tho

The death toll in the coal dump crash at a Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) site in Odisha’s Sundargarh district reached 14 on Sunday night as four more bodies were recovered and the rescue operat

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