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What is the new single-window clearance for coal, and how will it help?

  • Posted By
    10Pointer
  • Categories
    Environment
  • Published
    13th Jan, 2021

Context

  • The Union government has announced a new online single window clearance portal for the coal sector.

What is single-window clearance portal?

  • A single window clearance portal is aimed at allowing successful bidders for coal blocks to be able to obtain all required clearances, including environmental and forest clearances, from a single portal with progress monitoring, instead of having to go to multiple authorities.

How is the move significant?

  • The portal should allow successful bidders to operationalize coal mines more quickly.
  • In the absence of unified platform for grant of clearances companies were required to approach different departments, leading to delay in operationalization of the coal mines.
  • Some coal blocks auctioned as far back as 2015 has still not been operationalized due to delays in obtaining required clearances.