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MoU: Central Coalfields Limited, IFP tie-up for sustainable mine restoration in state

Ranchi: Ranchi headquartered Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Forest Productivity (IFP) at CCL office at Darbhaga House for undertaking scientific studies for development of methodology for conservation and utilization of soil and transplantation of native ecosystem for mine site restoration. The MoU is worth Rs 4.41 crore, noted CCL.

IFP, also stationed in Ranchi, is a research institute under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change having expertise in ecological reclamation of overburden dumps and mined out areas. The MoU was signed between chief manager (Environment), CCL Alok Kumar Tripathy and Dr Nitin Kulkarni, (Director). 

“Under the terms of MoU, a scientific study will be undertaken for development of methodology for conservation and utilization of soil and transplantation of native ecosystem for mine site restoration. The study will encompass a plethora of topics including landscape designing, floral diversity study of the sites, screening of suitable species, soil amendments, plantation techniques, assessment of effect of plantation on physio- chemical properties of mine soil screening of species on the basis of performance,” CCL stated in a statement.

Initially, the terms of MoU will be executed for a period of five years in identified sites such as Rajrappa, Amrapali and Ashoka where CCL has mining operations.

“CCL is committed to biodiversity preservation and implements various programs for environmental protection.  The company is committed to fulfill the energy demands of the country through sustainable mining. Initiatives like these are testimony of our company’s dedication towards environmental protection,” said CCL’s CMD P M Prasad.