Coal Ministry to deallocate 14 coal blocks

Last Updated: Thu, May 05, 2011 11:11 hrs

After the review of progress of various captive blocks, Ministry of Coal had issued show cause notices to 84 coal block allocatees and 04 lignite block allocattees.

Based on the responses of the allocattees, the review committee under the Chairmanship of Special Secretary (Coal) recommended deallocation of two coal block allotted to private companies, 12 coal blocks allotted to Government companies and one lignite block allotted to a private company.

The Committee has also recommended deduction of bank guarantee in case of 15 allocattees (private companies) for failing to achieve commencement of production as per the letter of allotment.

The Committee has also recommended issue of warning to 29 coal block allocattees and three lignite block allocattees for bringing their blocks into production at the earliest. No action has been recommended against 20 coal blocks which fall in the 'No-Go-Area'/wild life corridor.

Recommendations of the Committee have been approved by the competent authority for taking necessary action.

The blocks recommended for de-allocation as regards Government companies are -Gondulpara of Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited/Damodar Valley Corporation; Chatti bariatu, Kerandari, Brahmani, Chichiro Patsimal and Chatti bariatu (S) of National Thermal Power Corporation Limited; Saria Khoyatand of Bihar Rajya Khanij Bikas Nigam Limited; Banhardih of Jharkhand State Electricity Board; Anesatta-palli, Punukula Chilka and Pengadappa of APGENCO and Saharpur jamar-pani of Damodar Valley Corporation.

Two blocks allotted to private companies recommended for deallocation are Bhandak West of Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Limited and Warora West (N) of Bhatia International Limited. The Lignite block recommended for deallocation is Lunsara block allocated to V S Lignite.

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