New Delhi: Coal production from mines allocated to public and private companies stood at 16 million tonnes till August in this fiscal, the government said Monday.
The production from captive coal mines was at 36 million tonnes (MT) in the last financial year, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal informed the Rajya Sabha.
"As reported by the Coal Controller's Organisation, Kolkata, out of the allocated coal blocks, 30 blocks have started production .... Production for the current year 2012-13 is 16.302 million tonnes (up to August, 2012)," Jaiswal said in a reply.
Till date, 218 coal blocks have been alloted to different public and private sector companies, he said.
The allocation of coal blocks, he said, started in 1993. Considering the need to augment power generation and to create additional capacity during the eighth Plan, the government took a decision to allow private sector participation in the power sector.
As a result, it became necessary to provide for coal linkages to power generating units coming up in the private sector, he said.
As an alternative, it was proposed to offer new coal mines to the proposed stations in the power sector for the purpose of captive end use, the minister added.
First Published: Monday, November 26, 2012, 20:00