Several eco-parks have been built recently in different parts of the country as part of the Coal Ministry’s ongoing efforts to develop reclaimed land as well as promote mining tourism. Two more parks will be completed in 2022-23.
In October 2022, Union Minister of Coal, Mines & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Pralhad Joshi inaugurated the WCL Jhurey/Bal Gangadhar Tilak Eco-Park. Recently, NLCIL signed a memorandum of understanding with Pondicherry Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) to promote eco-tourism at Mine-I and Mine-II.
The MOU between NCL and the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board aims to boost the Singrauli Eco-Tourism Circuit, while another between WCL and the Maharashtra Tourism Directorate aims to promote eco-tourism in the coal industry.
Coal/Lignite PSUs planted 47 lakh saplings on 2300 Ha of land from January to November as part of sustainable development and greening initiatives.