After 5 years of prolonged legal tangles, Adani’s Australian coal mine will finally be able to start operations from October. The mine will be a major boost for coal supply to India. There are a lot of thermal power plants that need coal and the Australian mine will help secure coal supply for these power plants. The project has been mired in controversy since the time it was conceptualized. It has faced resistance from various green groups during the last 5 years. One of the major opposition was to the port expansion, as green groups said that it would harm the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The port is to be used for exporting coal to India. However, Adani got a major reprieve after it won two key legal cases last week. A Brisbane court has ruled that the environmental and landowner cases filed against Adani are invalid. This ruling by the court has paved the way to start the coal mine from October.
It may be recalled that Adani has already invested AUD 3.4 billion on the Abbot Point port and preliminary work for the Carmichael coal mine. Adani Chairman Gautam Adani said that the project will be launched in October and the first consignment of coal will be delivered in March 2020. Company officials said that the project will be hugely beneficial for Queensland State. Adani has partnered with regional contractors to ensure smooth progress of the project and timey completion. As per estimates, the project will create around 10,000 direct and indirect jobs and at least 7.5 percent of those will go to traditional land owners.