Consideration of projects of thermal power, steel sector, etc. for environmental clearance with sourcing of coal from dedicated coal blocks / Coal India Ltd

This is in continuation to this Ministry's earlier circular of even number dated 1% November, 2010 on the above mentioned subject regarding proposals relating to thermal power and other projects, which are largely dependent on availability of coal as a raw material. It was stipulated that such projects shall be considered only after firm coal linkage is available. Further, it was also required that the status of environment and forestry clearance of the coal source, i.e. the linked coal mine /coal block will be intimated for consideration of such proposals. In case of projects based on imported coal, a copy of the firm MOU signed between the coal supplier and the project proponent would be required.