New Delhi: The Coal Ministry will decide on the allocation of 38 coal blocks to various state-run and private power utilities this month to meet growing demand for the fuel.
“The Screening Committee of the Coal Ministry will scrutinize applications received for various coal blocks and will decide on allocation of 38 blocks when it meets later this month,” a top Coal Ministry official told PTI.
He said of the 38 blocks, 15 would be allocated for the power sector and the remaining for other end users.
Earlier on 5 June, the Ministry had okayed allocation of 39 blocks for state-run as well as private power utilities.
Of the total blocks allocated, 10 coal blocks having reserves worth 6,075 million tonnes were given to power companies, while another 12 blocks having reserves of 800 MT have been allocated to public and private companies under the captive mining dispensation, the official said.
Besides, another 17 blocks having reserves of 190 MT were allocated to central and state PSUs for commercial mining, the official said, pointing out that so far total number of coal blocks allocated have increased to 163.
The 10 blocks allocated for power generation include Chetti Bariatu South (353 MT) in Jharkhand for NTPC, he said.
Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) was allocated Saharpur Jamarpani block having 600 MT reserves in Jharkhand while two blocks in Manoharpur in Orissa with total reserves of 531 MT was given to Orissa Power Generation Company (OPGENCO).