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India Eases Green Rules for Coal Mines to Tackle Fuel Crisis

Exemptions will allow some sites to expand production more than planned without new consultations. 

Workers load coal at a wholesale market in Mumbai.

Workers load coal at a wholesale market in Mumbai.

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg
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India has eased environment approvals for coal mine expansions to boost output amid fuel shortages that have triggered hours-long blackouts

Some existing sites will be able to raise production by a further 10% without requiring new impact assessments and rules on consulting local residents have been loosened, according to a government note. The changes come after the coal ministry flagged “huge pressure on domestic coal supply,” the message said.