New Delhi :  Amid multiple coal mining activities facing regulatory hurdles, the government has set up a co-ordination panel of central and state-level officials to speed up clearances as well as ensure timely completion of such projects.

The constitution of the Committee comes at a time when state-owned Coal India (CIL), which accounts for over 80 per cent of the domestic coal production, is awaiting environment and forestry clearances pertaining to its 241 projects.

The Committee shall “act as the coordinating agency for monitoring and expediting environment and forests for expediting FCA ( Forest Conservation Act) clearances,” according to a Coal Ministry document.

The committee shall have principal secretaries of coal producing states and representatives from the ministries like Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Steel, Power among others.

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