35% of India's coal in 'no go' zones

A joint study by India's national environment and coal ministries has found that as much as 35% of coal mining areas across the country are located in ‘no go’ zones, where environmental clearances cannot be given, DNA newsagency reported. A ‘no go’ zone is a densely forested area where mining cannot be allowed.

The major coal mining areas in ‘no go’ zones are located in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh.