New Delhi: The government will allocate 81 additional coal blocks with reserves of about 20 billion tonnes to state run and private companies to meet the increasing demand for the minerals in the country.
Addressing a meeting of the parliamentary consultative committee, Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao said 81 additional coal blocks have been identified for allocation in order to meet the coal demand, an official release said.
He said out of these 81, 41 blocks with reserves of 15.7 billion tonnes have been earmarked for the power sector.
The blocks for power sector have been further categorised in three separate lists on the basis of method of allocation.
The three routes are Government Company Dispensation Route (10 blocks with 6,072.15 million metric tonne estimated reserves), Screening Committee Route (15 blocks with 3622.44 MMT reserves) and Tariff-based Bidding as per Ministry of Power Guidelines (16 blocks with 6015.30 MMT reserves), the release said.
The remaining 40 blocks with total reserves of 4.3 billion tonne would be considered for allocation to non-power sector under Government Company Dispensation Route (17 blocks with estimated 1847.75 MMT reserves) and Screening Committee route (23 blocks with 2464.23 MMT reserves), it said.
As many as 1,422 applications have been received for 38 blocks advertised for allocation through Screening Committee. These have been forwarded to the state governments and administrative ministries concerned for their recommendations.