Report on Chettichavadi Jaghir Magnesite and Dunite mines, village Chettichavadi, district Salem, Tamil Nadu, 06/08/2022
Reply by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the matter of Anti Pollution Group, Salem Vs MoEF&CC & Others, 06/08/2022.
The matter related to violation of environmental norms by Dalmia Bharat Sugar and Industries Limited, located in village Chettichavadi, taluk Salem, district Salem, Tamil Nadu in the operation of Chettichavadi Jaghir Magnesite and Dunite mines.
The project proponent had applied for the environment clearance, November 29, 2021. The Expert Appraisal Committee (Non-Coal) considered the proposal on December 14-16, 2021 and directed the project proponent to submit information on mine lease and whether Chettichavadi Jaghir Magnesite and Dunite Mine is owned by Dalmia Bharat Sugar and Industries Limited.
Department of Geology and Mining, Tamil Nadu has stated that the mine lease was in operation since 1976 till 2019 without obtaining the Environmental Clearance. The official of Department of Geology & Mining, Tamil Nadu also submitted that currently as per the documents, this mine lease is not valid and does not come under deemed extension of mine lease validity as the project proponent is not fulfilling the required conditions.