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These include Ghaziabad, Singrauli, Panipat, Vapi, Indore, Ludhiana

The environment ministry has decided to impose a moratorium on clearances for all projects in eight industrial clusters, including the Singrauli coalfields, as environmental pollution in these areas exceeds norms.

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday sought response of the Centre, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh as well as several industries, including Essar and Hindalco, on a plea opposing new power pr

Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) is an upcoming 3,960 MW pit-head coal-based power plant inMadhya Pradesh. The project is the first domestic coal-based UMPP awarded inthe country by the Government of India.

The Centre has decided to order an inquiry into the diversion of tribal forest land for coal mining in Mahan region of Madhya Pradesh where mass forgery of villagers’ signatures to attain approvals

Pointing out that green nod for Mahan Coal Block in Madhya Pradesh is a “blatant breach” of Forest Rights Act, Union Tribal Affairs Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo has written to Chief Minister Shiv

Senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta has closely followed the issues around coal mining in the past, along with various aspects of the Indian political economy.

The Directorate General of Hydrocarbons will soon offer seven coal bed methane blocks under the fifth round of bidding with the Central Mine and Planning & Design Institute (CMPDI) finalising the data dossier. The DGH had engaged CMPDI in 2011 to identify CBM blocks and prepare a list for the fifth round.

A DGH official told FE that the blocks would be offered in Singrauli, Sohagpur and Cambay basin areas, which mainly have lignite and bituminous coal. Although the official didn’t disclose the CBM reserves the mines were bearing, he said the CMPDI-prepared data indicated that it would be easier to extract methane from the blocks that would be offered under the fifth round.

India’s largest coal producer, staterun Coal India is not eligible for the first set of auctions for blocks although 17 of them are meant for public undertakings.
“We have been given to understand that the blocks on offer under the auction are not meant for us. It is for stateowned power utilities and other entities that require coal as a raw material,” CIL chairman S Narsing Rao told ET.

CIL has also not been informed so far about the blocks that were taken away from the private operators. It was earlier reported that the monopoly company may be given some of the blocks that were taken back by the government. “We have no information yet. Some of the companies have approached court and there is no clarity on the status of these blocks,” said Rao.

The government-owned coal-based thermal power plants are the biggest defaulters in controlling environment pollution in Sonbhadra.

Discoms say they face Rs 200-crore loss from tariff ‘restructuring’. Delhi Power Minister Haroon Yusuf on Wednesday said the city government has requested the Centre for cheaper power.