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Captive coal blocks produce nearly 4 million tonnes in October

According to data compiled by the Coal Controller Organisation, production from captive coal blocks during April-September 2019 rose nearly 26% to 26 million tonnes against the previous corresponding period. Nevertheless, the bulk of the production has been from block not cancelled by the Supreme Court.

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Last Updated: Nov 23, 2019, 10.12 PM IST|Original: Nov 23, 2019, 10.12 PM IST
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Kolkata: The Coal Controller Organization has reported that total production of coal from allocated captive coal blocks for the month of October, 2019 was 3.97 million tonnes.

Out of the total, production from blocks not cancelled by the Supreme Court, Moher & Moher Amlori Extension (1.7 million tonnes) and Pakri Barwadih (0.740 million tonnes ) was 2.429 million tonnes.

According to data compiled by the Coal Controller Organisation, production from captive coal blocks during April-September 2019 rose nearly 26% to 26 million tonnes against the previous corresponding period. Nevertheless, the bulk of the production has been from block not cancelled by the Supreme Court.

Blocks that were taken away and auctioned off afresh managed to produce nearly 13 million tonnes thus registering a near 33% growth during April-September 2019, against the previous corresponding year.

The government has been able to allot 84 of the 204 coal blocks which were cancelled. Only about 24 of them are producing at present.

In an effort to make sure blocks come on stream at a faster pace, the government is introducing a slew of measures and has also decided to offer around 5 years for blocks to be made operational. It is also in the process of setting up a single clearance window system and is setting up a project management team to oversee these projects.

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