The minister has been instrumental in even a U-turn in nuclear policy, by giving environmental clearance for the 2,800 Mw atomic power project at Gorakhpur in Haryana by Nuclear Power Corporation of India, which would see an investment of Rs 23,000 crore.
Others having got a green clearance include a Rs 6,000 crore (800 Mw) project of NHPC in Arunachal Pradesh, a Rs 5,000-crore deepwater container trans-shipment port to be set up at Vizhinjam in Kerala, expansion of a coal beneficiation plan by Global Coal and Mining in Odisha by two million tonnes annually, a Rs 467 crore Kapurdi Lignite Mine Project in Rajasthan and Indian Oil Corporation’s Rs 5,000 crore liquefied natural gas LNG terminal (five mt capacity) at Ennore in Tamil Nadu.
Moily confirmed giving approval for revalidation of environment clearance on Friday, which was stuck due to issues relating to forest and environment clearance and land acquisition since 2005. This comes ahead of South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s visit to India on January 15. The initial requirement of land for the 12-mt integrated steel plant was 4,000 acres. Of this, 2,700 acres is required during the first phase comprising 8 million tonne steel capacity. “I am clearing at least 80-100 files on an average per day. I will not allow any project to be stuck here,” Moily told Business Standard, when asked about the fast pace of clearances the ministry has been witnessing after he took charge. Moily took charge after former minister Jayanthi Natarajan resigned on December 21. She was heavily criticised for holding up projects worth Rs 10 lakh crore.