The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance [ Images ] government at the Centre has accepted the recommendations made by the Inter-Ministerial Group on coal to de-allocate four coal blocks.
The IMG, in its meeting held on September 12, deliberated upon the cases of five companies which were allocated eight coal blocks and recommended four blocks, namely -- Bramhadih Block allocated to M/s Castron Mining Limited; Chinora and Warora (Southern Part) Blocks allocated to M/s Fieldmining and Ispat Limited; Lalgarh (North) Block allotted to M/s DOMCO Smokeless Fuels Pvt. Limited, for de-allocation, and deduction of Bank Guarantee in case of Marki Mangli-II, III and IV Blocks allocated to M/s Shri Virangana Steels Limited.
It also recommended that in the case of Utkal B2 Block allocated to M/s Monnet Ispat and Energy Limited, where there was substantial progress but no provision for BG, the allocattee may be asked to submit BG amounting to three years royalty within a period of one month from the date of letter in this regard, failing which the block may be deallocated.
The IMG has been reviewing the progress of coal blocks and deliberated upon the action to be recommended in individual cases. The IMG had earlier heard the coal block allocattees who were invited to make presentations from September 6 to 8, 2012, and also obtained a status paper from coal controller/ministry of coal.
The IMG deliberated upon the broad parameters which may constitute substantial progress of coal block and decided that purchase of GR, approval of mining plan, grant of environment clearance, status of forest clearance and progress made in land acquisition shall constitute a basic requirement for evaluating progress.
Physical status of end use plant, investment made and expected date of opening of mine and commissioning of EUP shall also be a material consideration. Where there is no provision for Bank Guarantee and the block is not found fit for de-allocation and there is substantial progress, the IMG may recommend that the allocattee may be asked to submit a BG. The amount of BG that may be asked for would be fixed factoring in the time elapsed since date of allotment.
The IMG would continue its examination of remaining cases that have been heard in its next meeting scheduled to be held on September 14, 2012, and will hold further meetings as may be required for completing recommendations.