Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/Edited by Sandeep Sahu
Bhubaneswar, Sep 20:
As part of its efforts to expedite the processing of coal mining lease applications, the Odisha government has asked the Mandakini Coal Company Ltd (MCCL) to furnish the status of achievements of milestones for processing the proposal of the company’s mining lease.
Three companies – Tata Power, Jindal India Thermal Power and Monnet Energy – have formed MCCL to develop the Mandakini A coal block, which has coal reserves of 322 million tonnes, allocated by the Centre in 2008. However, it is yet to be mined due to delays at state and central government levels in the grant of environment and forest clearances.
“The status of achievement of milestones of your company as a partner of the MCCL as envisaged in your MoU with the state government is required for processing the proposal of mining lease,” said a letter of state Energy department to the three allocatees.
The department has also asked the allocatees to submit details of the status of their end-use plants. The allocatees also have to provide particulars relating to date of allocation of the coal block, stake holding of the company formed to develop the coal block, area applied for lease, status of compliance to terms and conditions issued by the state government, consent to operate and establish from the State Pollution Control Board and bank guarantees.
It is to be noted that the Union Coal ministry had issued notice to the block in June, pointing out inordinate delays in achieving major milestones like submission of bank guarantee, submission of mining plan, obtaining forest clearance, grant of mining lease and completion of land acquisition.