The coal bearing State Governments have been advised to facilitate and expedite in obtaining the various clearances, grant of mining leases and land acquisition by the coal blocks allocattees so that coal production can be increased. This information was given by the Minister of State for Coal, Shri Pratik PrakashBapu Patil in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
He said that a total of 218 coal blocks with geological reserves of about 50 billion tonnes have been allocated to eligible public and private companies, out of which 178 coal blocks stand allocated as on date after de-allocation/reallocation and withdrawal of de-allocations made. Out of the above, 35 coal blocks have come into production.
Development of coal blocks involves a gestation period of 3 to 7 years for reaching the production stage and another two to three years for reaching the optimal production capacity. As per the guidelines, coal production from a captive coal block should commence within 36 months (42 months in case the area falls in forest land) in case of open cast mines and in 48 months (54 months in case the area falls in forest land) in case of underground mine, from the date of allocation. If a coal block is not explored, additional two years are allowed for detailed exploration and three months for preparation of geological report.
The responsibility of developing the coal block as per the prescribed guidelines and milestone chart attached with the allocation letter rests entirely with the allocattee company. The allocattees of coal blocks, who have not started production so far, are in various stages of obtaining statutory clearances and mining lease, preparing mining plan, acquisition of land, procuring machinery and equipment etc. for both mining as well as end-use project. Government periodically monitors and reviews the development of allocated blocks as well as end use plants by the allocattee companies in the review meetings. Further, an Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) has been constituted on 21.06.2012 under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary (Coal) to review the progress of development of allocated coal/lignite blocks and associated end use projects of the allocattees. Wherever delays are noticed, Government issues show cause notices and advisories to such allocatteescautioning them to bring the coal blocks into production as per the guidelines/milestones chart.
Based on the recommendations of the then Review Committee and the IMG, the Government has so far de-allocated 47 coal blocks. State-wise details of de-allocated coal blocks are at Annexure. Out of the 47 de-allocated blocks, 2 blocks were allocated again and in respect of 5 blocks allotted to National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd./Damodar Valley Corporation Ltd./Jharkhand State Electricity Board, de-allocation letters were withdrawn.
Details of de-allocated coal blocks as on date
|S. No.||Name of the company||Block allocated||Date of de-allocation||State|
|1.||Kalinga Power Corporation Ltd.||Utkal-A||02.07.2003||Odisha|
|2.||Talcher Mining Pvt. Ltd.||Utkal-B1||01.08.2003||-do-|
|3.||Lloyds Metal & Engineers Ltd.||Takli-Jena-Bellora(North)||23.06.2003||Maharashtra|
|3 (a)||Central Collieries Pvt. Ltd.||Talki-Jena-Bellora(South)||03.11.2004||-do-|
|4.||Garuda Clays Ltd.||West ofUmaria||Sept.,™06||Chhattisgarh|
|5.||Shree Radhe Industries Ltd.||Panchbahani||Sept.,™06||Madhya Pradesh|
|6.||Gujarat Mineral Development Corp.||Jainagar||2008||Jharkhand|
|7.||Damodar Valley Corporation||Kasta(East)||May, 2009||Jharkhand|
|8.||Binani Cement Ltd.||Datima||27.04.2010||Madhya Pradesh|
|9.||Murli Industries and Grace Industries||Lohara (East)||17.05.2010||Maharashtra|
|10||Maharastra State Mining Corp. Ltd.||Agarzari||28.06.2010||-do-|
|11||Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd.||Mahal||07.03.2011||Jharkhand|
|12||Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd.||Tenughat-Jhirki||07.03.2011||Jharkhand|
|13||Bhatia International Ltd.||Warora West (North)||30.05.2011||Maharashtra|
|14||Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Ltd.||Ansettipalli||30.05.2011||Andhra Pradesh|
|15||Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Ltd.||Punukula-Chilaka||30.05.2011||-do-|
|16.||Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Ltd.||Pengedappa||30.05.2011||-do-|
|17.||Shree Baidyanath Ayurved BhavanPvt. Limited||Bhandak(West)||31.05.2011||Maharashtra|
|18.||National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.||*Chhati-bariatu||14.06.2011||Jharkhand|
|19.||National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.||*Kerandari||14.06.2011||-do-|
|20.||National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.||*Chhati Bariatu(South)||14.06.2011||-do-|
|21.||National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.||Brahmini||14.06.2011||-do-|
|22.||National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.||ChichroPastimal||14.06.2011||-do-|
|23.||Jharkhand State Electricity Board||*Banhardih||14.06.2011||-do-|
|24.||Damodar Valley Corporation||*SaharpurJamarpani||14.06.2011||-do-|
|25.||West Bengal Power Development Corporation||East ofDamagoria(Kalyaneshwari)||21.10.2011||West Bengal|
|26-27||Fieldmining and Ispat Limited||Chinora andWarora Southern Part||15.11.2012||Maharashtra|
|28.||Domco Private Limited||Lalgarh North||22.11.2012||Jharkhand|
|29.||Electrosteel Castings Limited,Pawanjay Steel & Power Limited, Jharkhand Ispat Pvt. Ltd., AdhunikAlloys and Power Ltd.||North Dhadu||22.11.2012||-do-|
|30.||Bhushan Steel Limited, AdhunikMetaliks Ltd., Deepak Steel & Power Ltd., Adhunik Corporation Ltd., Orissa Sponge Iron Ltd., SMC Power Generation Ltd., Sree Metaliks Ltd. Visa Steel Ltd.||New Patrapara||23.11.2012||Odisha|
|31.||Rungta Mines Limited, Sunflag Iron & Steel Ltd.||ChoritandTailaya||22.11.2012||Jharkhand|
|32.||Bihar Sponge Iron Limited||Macherkunda||22.11.2012||Jharkhand|
|33.||Maharashtra Seamless Ltd.,DhariwalInfrastructure (P) Ltd., KesoramIndustries Ltd.||Gondkhari||15.11.2012||Maharashtra|
|34.||Electrotherm (India) Limited, Grasim Industries Ltd.||Bhaskarpara||15.11.2012||Chhattisgarh|
|35.||IST Steel & Power, Gujarat AmbujaCements Ltd., Lafarge India Pvt. Ltd.||DahegaonMakardhokra IV||15.11.2012||Maharashtra|
|36.||Himachal EMTA Power Ltd., JSW||Gourangdih ABC||23.11.2012||West Bengal|
|37.||SKS Ispat & Power Limited||RawanwaraNorth||15.11.2012||Madhya Pradesh|
|38||Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation Limited||ShankarpurBhatgaon II &Extn.||30.11.2012||Chhattisgarh|
|39||Orissa Mining Corporation||Utkal-D||30.11.2012||Odisha|
|40||Assam Mineral Development Corporation Ltd., M/s Meghalaya Mineral Development Corporation Ltd., M/s Tamil Nadu Electricity Board and M/s Orissa Mining Corporation Ltd.||Mandakini B||05.12.2012||Odisha|
|41||Gujarat Mineral Development Corp. & Pondicherry Industrial Promotion Development Corp. Ltd||Naini||10.12.2012||-do-|
|42||Gujarat Power Corp. Ltd, Kerala State Electricity Board & Odisha Hydro Power Corp.||Baitarni West||10.12.2012||-do-|
|43||Madhya Pradesh State Mining Corporation Ltd||Semaria/Piparia||15.01.2013||Madhya Pradesh|
|44||Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation Ltd.||Rabodih OCP||30.01.2013||Jharkhand|
|45||Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation Ltd.||Patratu||30.01.2013||-do-|
|46||Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation Ltd.||Pindra-Debipur-Khaowatand||30.01.2013||-do-|
|47||Jharkhand State Mineral Development Corporation Ltd.||Latehar||30.01.2013||-do-|
Out of the above mentioned de-allocated blocks, two coal blocks namely Utkal B-1 and Utkal-A have been again allocated.
Three coal blocks, namely, Brahmini, Chicro-Pastimal and East of Damagoria (Kalyaneshwari) have been assigned to Coal India Limited.
*The de-allocation of these coal blocks has been withdrawn.