SAIL, Jindal among nine given mining rights in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec 6 (IANS) Public sector Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) and private power utility Jindal Power Ltd (JPL) were among the total of nine companies that were allotted mines in Chhattisgarh since December 2000, the state assembly was told Monday.

Four companies, including SAIL, were allotted iron ore mines in the state while five companies, including JPL, were given coal mines since December 2000, Chief Minister Raman Singh said in a written reply.

Railways owe Chhattisgarh over Rs.1,600 crore for power

Raipur, Dec 6 (IANS) Railways has to pay the Chhattisgarh government a whopping electricity bill of over Rs.1,600 crore, Chief Minister Raman Singh told the state assembly Monday.

Chhattisgarh has to recover Rs.1,617 crore from Railways, pending for nearly two years, Singh told the assembly in a written reply on the opening day of the winter session.

He said the the Railways has raised some objections about the billing method and the recovery is to be made only after addressing these objections.

Counter-insurgency school proposed in Chhattisgarh

The Centre has proposed to open the National School of Counter Insurgency Warfare in the Naxal-hit state of Chhattisgarh.

"The government has not received any proposal from the Chhattisgarh state government regarding the setting up of a defence academy in the state. The central government proposes to establish National School of Counter Insurgency Warfare (NSCIW) at Raipur in Chhattisgarh," Defence Minister AK Antony told the Lok Sabha in a written reply on Monday.

Chhattisgarh disbands 'H M's special cop squad

Amid mounting criticism from within the party, the Chhattisgarh government on Saturday disbanded the special police squad — known as ‘HM squad’ as it reports directly to state Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar — after a series of controversies involving its men.

“I have ordered disbanding of the special police squad, abiding by the directive of Chief Minister Raman Singh. It’s the Chief Minister’s wish and I follow it,” said Kanwar after his return from New Delhi.

Green nod for Jindal Power Limited

MUMBAI: The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) under the Ministry of Environment and Forest has recommended environment clearance for the expansion of coal-based thermal power plant of Jindal Power Limited at Tamnar in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh.

The Ministry had in August restored the terms of reference (ToR) for the power project after revoking it in June, recommending that the project may be appraised based on its review of the matter by following original ToR.

Chhattisgarh to spend Rs 300cr to ramp up tourism infra

Mumbai, Dec 5 (PTI) Chhattisgarh, the decade-old state with an abundance of natural beauty and rich in minerals, is gearing up to become the most preferred tourist destination in the country and has earmarked about Rs 300 crore to ramp up its infrastructure.
"We have spent around Rs 300 crore to develop 45 sites with basic three star amenities. Out of these, 33 sites are already ready," State Secretary Tourism, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs Subrat Sahoo told reporters here.

Chhattisgarh to open schools in Maoist strongholdsr

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh will open three residential schools for boys in areas worst hit by Maoist violence, a statement said Sunday.

"The government will construct three ashram (residential) schools for boys with 50-seat capacity each in Dantewada district with Rs.94.42 lakh (over $208,000) on expenditure," the statement said.

The ashram schools will come up at village Kasoli, Badepanera and Barsoor in the worst Maoist insurgency hit district of Dantewada. The public works department will construct the school buildings.

Congress puts off decision on Chhattisgarh coal mines

Raipur, Jan 6 (IANS) South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL), India's largest coal-producing company, was relieved Thursday as the opposition Congress put off its decision to forcibly shut down production at its major mines in Chhattisgarh's Korba district.

The shutdown decision was deferred after SECL agreed to implement the key demands related to works to be done under corporate social responsibility (CSR) and to absorb those displaced by mines in Gevra, Dipka, Kusmunda and Korba areas.

In Raipur, calls to disband Home Minister’s pvt police squad

A special team of the Chhattisgarh Police that reports directly to state Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar may be wound up ahead of the winter session of the Assembly following a series of controversies involving its men.

Kanwar’s own party legislators have accused the team — it is being called the “HM squad” because it reports to the Home Minister and not senior police officers — of indulging in “extortion” and framing people in cases of bootlegging and gambling.

Jindal project in Raigarh gets a breathe

In a breather to Jindal Power Ltd (JPL), a company run by the family of ruling Congress party member of Parliament Naveen Jindal, an expert appraisal committee has recommended environmental clearance for its 2,400MW power project in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, which will require an investment of Rs.13,410 crore.

The expert appraisal committee is mandated to set the terms of reference for environment impact assessment reports. It recommends whether the environment ministry should approve a project or turn it down.