Question raised in Lok Sabha on families living near Unsafe Coal Mines , 11/03/2020
The Master Plan for dealing with fire, subsidence and rehabilitation in the lease hold of Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) and Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) was approved on 12th August 2009 by Government of India in which numbers of families residing in unsecure and unsafe areas in coal mines were surveyed. As per Master plan, a High Powered Central Committee (HPCC) under the chairmanship of the Secretary, Ministry of Coal has been constituted to review the activities of implementation of Master Plan. Till date, twenty one HPCC meetings have been conducted. The time frame of 10 years for implementation of Raniganj Master Plan, has already been expired on 11.08.2019. As per directive of the 19th HPCC meeting on 29.05.2019, draft comprehensive proposal incorporating alternative rehabilitation package, time and cost overrun have been prepared by (i) ECL in consultation with CMPDI & ADDA and (ii) BCCL in consultation with CMPDI & JRDA.