The coal ministry plans to give special attention to private captive coal block operators to help increase output, which has frequently failed to meet targets. This has put tremendous pressure on Coal India, which has been struggling to meet the nation’s demand for coal.
“This year, the focus among other things would be on private captive block operators,” said a coal ministry official. “They have been facing a host of issues in terms of operationalising their blocks and we need to help them expedite the process, so that production from this segment rises at a faster pace.”
Captive blocks have suffered because of delay in land acquisition and various clearances as well as issues such as rehabilitation and resettlement. Read more