The coal ministry on Wednesday said it is in the process of finalising a robust mine closure framework on three major aspects – institutional governance; people and communities; and environmental reclamation and land re-purposing on the principles of just transition. The ministry is in consultation with the World Bank for obtaining support and assistance in this programme, the coal ministry said in a statement.
Vast experience of the World Bank in handling mine closure cases in different countries will be highly beneficial and will facilitate the adoption of the best practices and standards in handling mine closure cases.
A preliminary project report (PPR) for the proposed engagement with the World Bank has been submitted to the finance ministry for the necessary approvals. The process of re-purposing of closed mines sites has already been set in motion by the sustainable development cell of the coal ministry.
Several rounds of meetings have been held with coal companies and the coal controller office to discuss various aspects related to the envisaged programme.