The Coal Ministry, on Friday, slapped show-cause notices on 27 coal mine allottees asking why the de-allocation process should not be initiated against them for delaying production from the coal blocks.
This follows the meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) which recommended issuing of show-cause notices to 27 coal block allottees, while seeking an explanation from another 21 mine holders for not developing the blocks on time.
However, the Ministry has refused to share the details of the entities which have been issued the notices. During the review meeting, the progress of these coal blocks was found to be unsatisfactory by the review committee last year, with delays in production from the mines attributed to the ‘go/no-go’ categorisation, location in wildlife corridors, overlapping of coal-bearing areas with CBM (coal bed methane), among others.
The Coal Ministry had earlier issued notices to allottees of 30 captive coal blocks, including NTPC, GVK Power and Monnet Ispat, for failing to develop them on time.