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The Ministry of Coal has notified Coal Blocks Allocation Rules, 2017. The coal ministry has deferred indefinitely the fifth round of captive coal block auctions citing lack of demand from steel makers, despite a request from the steel ministry to continue the bidding for interested firms.

Releasing the Draft National Energy Policy, Centre’s think-tank Niti Aayog has recommended that the seven subsidiaries of India’s largest coal miner Coal India Ltd should be converted into independent companies and be allowed to compete against each other in the open market.

There are no coal imports taking place in Chhattisgarh Goverment owned thermal power plants in comlaince with the Center’s directive to use indigenous coal, officials informed.

About 30,000 MW of private power plants — two-thirds with PPAs — to benefit.

For power producers it's time to rejoice.

To prepare the modalities for allocation of coal mines through auction for sale of coal by private companies, a discussion paper containing proposed eligibility conditions and proposed methodology has been prepared in the first instance to consult the stake holders.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Environmental clearances for CIL projects, 20/03/2017. Coal India Limited (CIL) is not facing any difficulty with the MoEF & CC in obtaining clearances for coal projects.

Coal cost constitutes 60 to 70 percent of the total generation tariff of coal based power stations and has significant impact on cost of supply of power to consumers. Keeping this in view, a performance audit of fuel management in coal based power stations of NTPC Limited was taken up.

The government is considering capping the amount of coal blocks that a company can hold. The clause is part of the draft coal block allocation guidelines issued for public comments by the coal ministry and would apply to mines other than the 204 blocks that were cancelled by the Supreme Court in October 2014.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Impact of coal mining on environment, 12/12/2016. All India coal production has increased from 565.77 MT in 2013-14 to 639.23 MT in 2015-16.

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