The central government has identified nine coal blocks with total reserves of around 2 billion tonnes that may be auctioned to private players. It has also identified another set of nine blocks with total reserves of 1.1 billion tonnes for allotment to state-owned entities.
A committee, chaired by an additional secretary to identify coal blocks for allocation to different parties, has also proposed allotment of blocks for a state-owned fertiliser project in Odisha’s Talcher district and ultra-mega power projects in Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. The proposals were made last week.
The panel, which examined some 150-odd coal blocks, has decided to strike off 23 of them with total reserves of around 4 billion tonnes from this list since they cannot be mined due to insignificant reserves, difficult terrain, habitat or forest land. Read More
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