Bhubaneswar:1/11/17: The Odisha government has sent a penalty notice of Rs 20,169 crore to Coal India’s subsidiary Mahanadi Coalfields (MCL) in the state, sources said.
The penalty is levied for flouting environment and mining plant norms.
The Odisha government is also assessing forest norms violation in the state and the amount of penalty for it. Another penalty could likely be levied for it on the company.
On August 2, the Supreme Court had directed penalty to be levied on miners from FY02 to FY10 for mining across India without following the environment norms. The apex court has asked the state governments to recover the penalty amount.
Coal India has refused to comment on the development. The company currently has cash reserves of Rs 31,319 crore.
Other mining states like Goa, Karnataka and Jharkhand are also assessing such violations, the sources said, adding that miners in these states could face a penalty in future.