The expert panel of the union environment ministry has deferred clearance to a coal washery project in Jharsuguda district of Odisha.
The total projected water requirement of 612 cu mtr per day for the coal washery project was proposed to be sourced through groundwater and it will obtain prior permission from the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) for it.
The expert panel expressed concern over the use of groundwater for the project and deferred its nod to the coal washery project.
However, the expert panel has recommended environment clearance for another coal washery project in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh, but has specified that it should make efforts to use alternative sources of surface water.
This project also requires water to the tune of 955 cu mtr per day for coal washing to be sourced through groundwater.
The committee wishes to explore possibilities of alternative sources of surface water, abandoned mines or other alternatives, to meet the water requirements.