Chhattisgarh govt urges Centre to cancel forest clearance given for Parsa coal mine

Updated: Nov 1 2022 5:55PM

Raipur, Nov 1 (PTI) In light of the protest against clearance given to coal mines in the biodiversity-rich Hasdeo Arand region, the Chhattisgarh government has urged the Centre to cancel the approval for diversion of forest land for Parsa opencast coal mine in the area, an official said on Tuesday.

In a letter to the director general of forests, Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on Monday, the state forest department sought to cancel the approval of non-forestry use of 841.548 hectare of forest land for Parsa coal mine allotted to Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (RRVUNL), the official said.

The letter stated that the widespread public protest in Hasdeo Arand Coalfield has resulted in a law and order situation.