Adani mine: Australia approves controversial coal project

An anti Adani protest in Brisbane yesterday

An anti Adani protest in Brisbane yesterday

The Adani Group, with interests ranging from infrastructure to energy, has cleared its last regulatory hurdle to commence work on its ambitious but controversy-hit Carmichael coal mine project in Australia with the Queensland State authorities approving its groundwater management plan.

Australia has given the final approval for construction to begin on a controversial coal mine to be built by Indian company Adani.

"Today, our remarkable journey of conviction, resilience, and commitment in Australia enters a new phase".

The mine, in Queensland's Galilee Basin, has been the subject of years of hold-ups over environmental approvals. "This brings to close a two-year process of rigorous scientific inquiry, review and approvals. The project will deliver 1,500 direct and 6,750 indirect jobs during ramp up and construction, with Rockhampton and Townsville the primary hubs for employment", the statement said.

According to media reports, the company had earlier submitted nearly a dozens of ground water management plans but failed to meet the key environmental requirements.

It said that after the go ahead, preparatory activities such as finalising contracts, mobilising equipment, recruitment and completing inductions will continue.

But it was given the go-ahead by the state government on Thursday, after earlier receiving federal approval.