India May Amend Act to Increase Mining Activity
Areas with overlapping coal and coal-bed methane deposits may soon be allowed to be mined by two separate companies, the Indian Coal Ministry has announced.
If this does turn out to be the case, the Coal Mines Act of 1973 will require amending. The Financial Express newspaper reports that this development follows recommendations from a ministry-appointed panel, which stated that India should adopt Australia method of allowing two parties to operate in one contract area, Tuesday.
Australia’s mining activity increased after it amended its mineral resources act, the panel noted. The panel also said that extracting coal and producing coal-bed methane were not exclusive jobs – coal in India is mined up to a depth of 200m, while coal-bed could be extracted from depth below 300m.
The government has been advised to ask the Directorate General of Mines Safety to look into safety issues before the matter is taken up for discussion.
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