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None of 21 coal mines in Jharkhand started production


COAL_DUMP_1232gNone of the 21 coal mines in Jharkhand which were auctioned or alloted last year to companies including Essar Power, Hindalco, JSW Steel, SAIL and NTPC has started production awaiting clearances, Parliament was informed today.

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“21 coal mines located in Jharkhand have been auctioned/alloted under the provisions of the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 and the Rules made thereunder. However, none of the coal mines has commenced production of coal as various clearances are under progress,” Minister of State for Coal and Power Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

The minister said Rs 1,12,398 crore is the estimated revenue which would accrue to Jharkhand from the auction and allotment of these coal blocks during the life of mine/lease period.

Some of the mines in Jharkhand which were auctioned last year include Tokisud North bagged by Essar Power MP Ltd, Kathautia and Dumri won by Hindalco Industries Ltd and Moitra bagged by JSW Steel Ltd.

Mines which were alloted include Parbatpur-Central and Sitanala mines to Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), Chatti Bariatu, Chatti Bariatu South and Kerandari mines to NTPC, among others. PTI

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