The “controversial” Ken-Betwa river-linking project proposed in poverty-ridden Bundelkhand region in Madhya Pradesh has found its first victim in Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR), robbing the national par

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has exposed alleged large scale irregularities by Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation Limited (CMDCL) in awarding contract for commercial mining of a coal block in the state, leading to an anticipated loss of `1,052.20 crores revenue to state exchequer.

The CAG report, which was tabled in the state Assembly on Tuesday by chief minister Raman Singh, pointed out that the state government had accepted “abnormally low rate” from a lone bidder, which participated in the bidding for mining of Bhatgaon II Extension Coal Block in July 2008 in violation of tender rules.