Ministry of Coal Seeks World Bank Advice on Strong Mine Closure Framework
The Coal Ministry is in consultation with the World Bank to seek support in the process of finalizing a strong mine closure framework, the government said in a press release on Wednesday.
A preliminary project report (PPR) for the proposed engagement with the World Bank has been submitted to the finance ministry for approval, he added.
The mine closure framework will focus on three major aspects of institutional governance, people and communities, and environmental rehabilitation and land reallocation under the principles of just transition, according to the communicated.
“Conversion of mining sites”
âThe process of reconversion of closed mining sites has already been initiated by the Sustainable Development unit of the Ministry of Coal. Several series of meetings were held with the coal companies and the Coal Controller Office to discuss various aspects of the proposed program. Inter-ministerial consultations were also organized with the relevant ministries and NITI Aayog to obtain their views and suggestions, âthe statement said.
The Ministry of Coal has considered putting in place a comprehensive and comprehensive India-wide mine closure framework to cover old mines, recently closed mines and planned short-term mine closures. The whole exercise will have two important elements – Phase 1 which involves a comprehensive mapping of the Indian coal ecosystem to establish a detailed baseline for current and upcoming coal mine closures etc. . and phase 2 – the effective implementation of the mine closure program in accordance with the finalized roadmap, etc.
According to the publication, Phase 1 of the program, which is expected to run for 10 to 12 months, is expected to begin shortly. An ad hoc entity (SPE) under the administrative control of the Coal Controller Office will be set up to oversee the implementation of the two phases.
“It is expected that continuous learning over the next 3-4 years will lead to the development of a comprehensive mine closure framework, adequate institution building and much improved policy needed to support mine closures. mines that will occur in the medium and long term, “says the release. He further added that the most important outcome of the program will be the sustainable remediation of all the former mine sites, which have been left unattended for a long time, and ensure the livelihoods of families dependent on the mines.