21 coal mines de-allocated for delays in production: Govt

21 coal mines de-allocated for delays in production: Govt New Delhi: As many as 21 coal mines given to private firms like Bhushan Steel have been de-allocated on the recommendations of an Inter-Ministerial panel for delaying production while in case of 19 blocks bank guarantees were forfeited or deducted, the government has said.

"An Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary, Coal with representatives from the Ministries of Power, Steel, Law & Justice and Departments of Economic Affairs and Industrial Policy and Promotion" made recommendations on action to be taken, Minister of State for Coal, Pratik Prakashbapu Patil said in a written reply tabled in Rajya Sabha yesterday.

The de-allocated blocks include Talki-Jena-Beloora North and South, Utkal A and B, West of Umaria, Panchbahani, Datima, Lohara East, Warora West, Bhandak West, Chinora and Warora Southern Part, Lalgarh North, North Dhadu, New Patrapara, Choritand Tailaya, Macherkunda, Gondkhari, Bhaskarpara, Dahegaon Markardhokra IV, Gourangdih ABC and Rawanwara North, he said.

These were alloted to firms like Bhushan Steel, Rungta Mines, Bihar Sponge Iron, Maharashtra Seamless, Gujarat Ambuja Cement, Lafarge India, Himachal EMTA Power and SKS Ispat and Power, among others, Patil added.

The blocks for which bank guarantees were either deducted or forfeited included Lalgarh North, North Dhadu, Choritand Tailaya, Gondkhari, Bhaskarpara, Dahegaon/Makardhokra IV, Gourangdih ABC, Moitra, Lohari, Chitarpur, Nerad Malegaon, Dumri, Marki Mangli II, III and IV, Bijahan, Jitpur, Tubed, Durgapur II/Sariya, Sarehgraha and Rawanwara North, he said.

These blocks were given to firms like ArecelorMittal, GVK Power, DB Power, Hindalco Industries, Tata Power, Bhushan Ltd, Jayaswal Neco among others, Patil added.

The IMG, constituted on June 21 this year has scrutinised 31 coal blocks allotted to 51 private firms.

A total of 58 mines were issued show-cause notices for their failure to develop blocks within stipulated timeline by the IMG, which has been assigned the task of periodic review and monitoring the progress of allotted coal and lignite blocks.

PTI