Environmental Clearance for JSPL’s Orissa Power Plant
Integrated steel plant and captive power plant by Jindal Steel and Power got green nod from the Environment Ministry.
The Union Environment Ministry in February 2011 decided to drop its reservations about the Rs 90000 crore integrated steel plant and captive power plant by Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL). The ministry gave given a conditional green signal to the project coming up in Angul district of Orissa.
The ministry had earlier claimed that the 6 MTPA (million tonne per annum) integrated steel plant and 1000 mw captive power plant at Kerjang in Angul had begun work in violation of the environmental clearance it got in 2007. The environmental clearance required JSPL not to start work until it got a forest clearance for diversion of 168.232 hectares of forest land. However concerned authorities recorded in 2009 that substantial work had already been undertaken before securing the forest clearance. The environment ministry had in November 2010 sent a showcause notice to the company headed by Congress MP Naveen Jindal.
After completion of hearings Jairam Ramesh on 10 February 2011 ordered conditional clearance without imposing any penalties for the violations. However the ministry later imposed additional conditions on the project asking JSPL to earmark 2% of its net profit as CSR budget and adopt dry quenching in coke oven plant to conserve water. JSPL was also asked to use 100% fly ash generated for cement and brick manufacturing and back filling in the captive coal mine and abandoned coal mines. One of the conditions imposed is that the company will have to develop 33% of the area as a green belt, achieve particulate emissions below 50 mg/m3 and take rainwater harvesting measures.