Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Union Environment and Forest Minister Veerappa Moily at Paryavaran Bhavan in New Delhi today and urged him for clearances pertaining to environment and forests for various projects of Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan informed the Union Minister that clearance for 4-lane road project in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh is pending with the Union Forest Ministry. If the Forest Ministry clears it, the road will be completed at the earliest. He urged for immediate Central Government clearance to it. Moily assured of prompt action.
Chief Minister Chouhan said that an environment-related proposal is also being sent to the Union Government for construction of second unit of Singaji power plant in Khandwa district. It is still pending. Besides, Madhya Pradesh Government has sent its policy pertaining to mining of minor minerals, notification for which is yet to be issued. Chouhan said that state governments can formulate their policies as per Supreme Court’s directive and Madhya Pradesh government has formulated its mining policy and sent to the Centre for approval.
Besides, other projects of Madhya Pradesh are also pending with the Central Government for environmental clearance. The Union Ministry for Environment and Forests should give clearance at the earliest. Union Minister Moily assured early action on all these demands. The Chief Minister was accompanied by Secretary Vivek Agrawal, Commissioner Mining and Residential Commissioner.