Govt. to transfer existing mining licenses
These run as parallel processes, though the final environmental clearance hinges on securing the forestry clearances. The process will also ensure that those who are allotted the mines do not have to initiate the process in cases where clearances have already been obtained, said a senior government functionary. The law allows transfer of environment clearances between different private parties with the approval of the government if there is no change in the nature or process of the projects. The government wants to assure coal-mining companies that the auction of blocks will not be saddled with uncertainty over clearances. The government also believes the transfer of clearances will not be hampered by judicial intervention.