Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC) today said that it has got all environmental clearances for its Umarsar mines in Kutch, having an estimated lignite reserves of 21 million tonnes.

“All environmental clearances have been granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for our Umarsar mines in Kutch, which is around 10 km away from Panandhro group of mines,” an official statement said.

The company now plans to start mining activity there soon.

“The Umarsar mines, spread across 5,402 acres, have an estimated production capacity of 1 mt per annum. Mining there will create new job opportunities for locals as well as benefit the lignite-run power plants in the State,” the statement said.

GMDC plans to commence mining at Lakhpat Dhedadi lignite and limestone mines in Kutch having an estimated reserves of 50 mt.

It also plans to start mining activity at Damlai Padal lignite mines in Bharuch with an estimated reserves of 19 MT, and has applied for a mining lease in Ghala near Surat.

(This article was published on January 19, 2013)
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