Bhubaneswar: Coal India will examine the show cause fine-notice of Rs 20169 cr that the Odisha government has issued to its Subsidiary Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL) on October 31.
Its Chairman Gopal Singh on Wednesday said, “We have to get it examined legally and we have to see what the legal provisions are,” a news agency reported.
Odisha government on 31 October has issued a notice to MCl asking fine of Rs 20169 cr for its violation of environmental norms and excess mining.
MCL is given 30 days time to respond to the notice.
“The show cause notices have been issued for a total amount of Rs 20,169 crore towards compensation under section 21(5) of the Mines & Mineral Development Regulations (MMDR) Act, 1957, for production in violation of mining plan, Environmental Protection Act 1986, Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981…,” Coal India on Monday had said in a regulatory filing.
For excess mining the Odisha government in September this year had issued notice to as many as 152 mining companies to pay fine on the basis of the Supreme Court direction.
The total amount of fine that Odisha government had demanded through notices to the companies is about Rs 17500 cr.