38 coal blocks to go under the hammer
The Coal Ministry on Thursday said it has revised the list of mines to be auctioned for commercial mining and now 38 blocks would go under the hammer instead of 41 mines announced earlier.
The revision in the list includes the addition of three blocks Dolesara, Jarekela and Jharpalam-Tangarghat (in Chhattisgarh) and the withdrawal of five blocks — Morga South, Fatehpur, Madanpur (North), Morga-II and Sayang (in Chhattisgarh).
The Coal Ministry had earlier withdrawn Bander mine in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra from the list of 41 coal blocks put up for auction for commercial mining as the mine lies in the eco-sensitive zone of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.
“Revisions have been made in the list of coal mines offered for auction… Accordingly, 38 coal mines are offered for auction for commercial mining under 11th tranche of auction under CM(SP) Act, 2015 and 1st Tranche of Auction under the MMDR Act, 1957,” the Coal Ministry said.
However, no reason was provided by the ministry for the revision of the list.
The ministry said there has been “addition of Dolesara, Jarekela and Jharpalam-Tangarghat Coal Mines to the 1st tranche of auction under the MMDR Act, 1957.” The ministry also said there has been “withdrawal of Morga South Coal Mine from the 1st Tranche of Auction under the MMDR Act, 1957…(and) Fatehpur East, Madanpur (North), Morga-II, and Sayang Coal Mines from the 11th Tranche of Auction under the CM(SP) Act, 2015.”