the area’s ecosystem. The foundation stone of the project was laid by the PM in 2008. NHPC has now knocked the door of the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure for clearance.
In cases of big-ticket projects like the R50,000-crore steel unit in Orissa by South Korean major Posco, final permits are still awaited, which led the company recently approaching the prime minister’s project monitoring group for speedy clearance.
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The project has been languishing since 2007. The clearances granted to it were withdrawn in 2011 and its revalidation is still hanging fire in the National Green Tribunal.
Several projects are stuck for want of timely clearances including the 1,200 MW Mahan project that was supposed to be fed from the Mahan coal block, which got embroiled in the “go, no-go” area classification in which the two proponents — Essar and Hindalco — lost two years. The project involves more than $1 billion of investment and currently is awaiting the final environmental clearance by the ministry.