NLC India is planning make an investment of more than Rs 17,000 crore for its thermal power projects. The company has also embarked upon afforestation programme inside and outside the coal mining area in Odisha.
The company will produce 20 million tpa of coal from Talabira-II and -III coal blocks to fuel its 4,200 MW thermal power projects. The company is working closely with the Forest Department of Odisha to make it a model mine by planting more trees than the mandated, under relevant policies.
NLC India has already deposited Rs 134.36 crore to Odisha Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) account. CAMPA Fund is for compensatory afforestation and its maintenance for 10 years, catchment area treatment plan, wild life management plans and gap plantation.
The company’s plan to plant and protect 25,86,700 trees inside and outside the mining lease area of Talabira-II and -III is higher than what is prescribed by the relevant regulations for protecting and nurturing the environment.
NLC India’s integrated project with huge green cover will ensure uninterrupted electricity to thousands of households and commercial establishments through NLC India’s 3,200 MW Talabira Thermal Power Project in Odisha and NLC Tamil Nadu Power’s 1,000 MW project in Tuticorin district in Tamil Nadu.
NLC India will undertake compensatory afforestation. It will plant 13,27,702 saplings across 2,089 ha land in Sambalpur, Sonepur and Bolangir districts in Odisha. It will also plant nearly 12,41,000 trees inside the mining lease area. In addition, 18,400 saplings will be planted in the safety zone area and outer periphery of the mine.