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The ministry expects 58 coal blocks to become operational; issues notices to companies regarding production delays

Coal ministry expects 58 coal blocks to become operational this year

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The Ministry of Coal said it expects 58 coal blocks to become operational in the 2022-23 financial year with an expected production of 138.28 million tonnes (MT). In FY 2021-22, total coal production from 47 operational coal blocks was 85.32 MT.

“The Ministry has allocated blocks of coal for captive end use and sale of commercial coal mining. Compared to the planned production of 203.67 MT for FY 2022-23, it is expected that a total of 58 coal blocks would become operational with a planned production of approximately 138.28 million tonnes,” said the ministry in a statement.

He further added that show cause notices have been issued from time to time to companies that do not meet the deadlines prescribed in their agreements for the timely operationalization of coal blocks or for the failure to achieve coal production. targeted charcoal.

A review committee has been appointed by the ministry to review show cause notices and responses received from recipients on a case-by-case basis and recommend sanctions in cases where delays are attributable to recipients, the statement added.

The Review Committee, at its 17th meeting, recently reviewed the cases of 24 coal mines – and recommended proportionate appropriation of performance security in four cases, namely Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Limited (Rajbar E&D), Topworth Urja & Metals Ltd. (Marki Mangli-I), Ultratech Cements Ltd (Bicharpur) and National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (Talaipalli) due to delay from beneficiaries. The recommendations of the Review Committee have been accepted by the Government and appropriation orders are in the process of being published.

In addition to regular monitoring, review meetings are also organized by the Ministry of Coal with Block Allocations and respective National/Central Agencies such as MoEF&CC, State Mining Departments, Revenue Departments of the State, State Forest Departments, etc. for early operationalization. blocks and enhance the production of operational blocks. A project management unit has also been appointed by the ministry to help grantees obtain statutory authorizations for the early operationalization of coal blocks.