The Puducherry Industrial Promotion Development and Investment Corporation has attributed the delay in commissioning the allotted coal block to the Odisha government not issuing a Prospecting Licence, which is required to carry out exploration and preparing the geological report.

This was the response sent by Managing Director of PIPDIC W.V.R Murthy [who has since been transferred] in May this year to the Coal Ministry’s show-cause notice.

However, the Corporation got clearances from the Departments of Mines, Forest and Revenue of the Odisha Government. PIPDIC, which had prepared geological report with the services of Central Mine Planning and Design Institute in December 2011, was in the process of preparing the Mining Plan, Mine Closure Plan and Environment Impact Assessment report, the official response added.