Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Tuesday reiterated that mining activities in the Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district will not be detrimental to the environment. The region known for its abundant mineral resources including high-grade iron ores is a sought-after mining destination. The deputy CM said the forests in the district will be safeguarded but added that mega-investment projects are necessary for generating employment.
During his day-long tour to Gadchiroli, Fadnavis said, “Our government is committed to the development of the district complete with better roads, electricity, and employment.” He further said, “The mining activities at Ettapalli in Gadchiroli district are being conducted keeping environmental concerns in mind. It is the responsibility of both investors and those tasked with carrying out mining activities to ensure that the environment is not harmed.”
According to Fadnavis, “An investment of Rs 20,000 crore in the mining sector in Gadchiroli has already been approved and more investments are in the pipeline.”
Last year in December, a state cabinet sub-committee had given approval to the Rs 20,000-crore project by Lloyd Metal Energy Ltd. Mining and processing activities have already been taken up under the project and a steel manufacturing unit is in the process of being set up.
A Rs 1,520-crore project of Varad Ferro Alloy has also been approved in the region. Moreover, the government has approved the proposal of Newera Clintec Solutions Pvt Ltd to set up a coal gasification project worth Rs 20,000 crore in the neighbouring Chandrapur district.
Fadnavis said, “The first plant of the approved project (by Lloyd Metal Energy) is already ready. The state government is expecting more investment along with improved infrastructure and better road connectivity in the Naxal belt.”