India’s Ministry of Coal on has initiated the process of allocation of Coal Blocks under the amended provisions of MMDR Act and Rules framed thereunder.
In the first round the Government proposes to allocate coal blocks to the Government Companies/Undertakings (Central and State) for specific end use(power) and coal mining, said the ministry.
Accordingly it has been decided to offer 17 coal blocks (14 coal blocks for end use i.e. for power and 3 coal blocks for mining) to different Government Companies/Undertaking (Central and State).
"Detailed information of each of these coal blocks covering area, location and basic infrastructure including coordinates, status of exploration, sequence of coal seams, quality of coal and estimated reserves, etc. has been placed on the website of Ministry of Coal (http://coal.nic.in) inviting applications," said the ministry.
Earlier the Ministry of Coal has already placed the pre-determined evaluation criteria for specified end use and coal mining alongwith the details to be furnished by the applicant by the Government Companies/Undertakings on Dec 27.
The applications have to be submitted within thirty days i.e. to be submitted upto Jan 30 in the Ministry of Coal.