Bihar to take up coal mining with Jharkhand
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 16:35
Patna: Bihar government will take up with Jharkhand the issue of coal mining and setting up thermal power units in both the states, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has said.

Modi said he would approach Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda to ensure that mining in coal blocks of Urma Pahadi Tola and Maurya, jointly alloted to Bihar State Mineral Development Corporation (BSMDC) and Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB), are carried out speedily.

Not much headway could be made in the matter of joint mining during the past three to four years due to political instability in Jharkhand, he said after reviewing mining work in the two coal blocks yesterday.

Modi hoped that global tenders would be floated soon for developing Urma Pahadi Tola coal block and that the Maurya block also would be developed.

The two state governments have set up a joint venture company Jharbihar Colliery Limited for mining in Urma Pahadi Tola coal block, which has an estimated 800 mt coal reserve.

Jharkhand has a larger share of 487 mt and Bihar 263 mt in it, he said.

Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh share 60 per cent, 25 per cent and 15 per cent of coal reserves and Karnapura Energy Limited (KEL) had been appointed as special purpose vehicle for the project.

Modi also urged Jharkhand government to provide 1174 acres and adequate water to facilitate the setting up of two proposed thermal power plants of Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) to generate 1320 MW of power using coal from Maurya block.

Since Jharkhand had the maximum share in both the coal blocks it would have to play the leading role in their development, he said.

The Centre had sanctioned the coal blocks following Bihar's demand for coal linkage to set up thermal power plants, he added.


First Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 16:35

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