New Delhi, May 23 (IBNS) A meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) to consider the applications for allocation of Coal Blocks received from PSUs/government companies was held here on Thursday.
This was also an inter-active meeting with the representatives of Host States of Coal Blocks and Applicant States.
The members of the IMC headed by Secretary, Coal include senior officials of Ministry of Power, Planning Commission, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Steel, Law & Justice, Coal Controller, CMPDIL and Coal India Ltd.
"Out of 235 valid applications for allocation of 14 coal blocks for power sector, Ministry of Power and Central Electricity Authority have recommended only 126 applications after verifying required parameters. These applications are from 25 Government Companies from 15 States and Central Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs)," said an official release.
"The 14 coal blocks are from 6 Host States i.e. 5 from Chhattisgarh; 2 from Jharkhand; 1 each from Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal and 4 from Odisha," it said.
In the meeting, the status of the exercise carried out in the Ministry of Coal in evaluating the applications was explained in detail to all the State Government. Presentations of Terms and conditions of allocation and criteria for evaluation of applications were also made.
Representatives of the State were asked to indicate priority of the proposed Thermal Power Projects (TPPs) and submit their comments/views and wherever certain additional information was required, states were requested to furnish it on or before May 28.
States which required clarification from Ministry of Power and Central Electricity Authority due to specific reasons were asked to revert back in next two days to avoid delay.
The next meeting of IMC is proposed to be held shortly for finalization of the above process of coal block allocation.