Successful Compensatory Afforestation at Jamuna Open Cast Project

  • Done by the Ministry of Coal.
  • To minimize the ecological footprints of coal mining.
  • Jamuna Open Cast Project (OCP) at South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL), in Anuppur District, Madhya Pradesh.

Background:

  • The Jamuna OCP, having served its purpose, ceased mining activities in June 2014, due to resource depletion.
  • A meticulously planned mine closure was initiated.
  • According to recent satellite data, 88.07% of the quarry area has been successfully reclaimed.
  • A substantial portion of the reclaimed land, covering 672 hectares, has been dedicated to afforestation efforts.
  • 131 hectares of this afforested land are strategically positioned to serve as a crucial groundwater recharge area, contributing to the broader goal of water conservation.

Measures:

  • The Ministry has proposed 579 hectares of reclaimed land under the Accredited Compensatory Afforestation (ACA) program.
  • This approach ensures that the land, once utilized for coal mining, is transformed into a green haven restoring biodiversity.
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