More than eight months after the government scrapped the controversial ‘no-go’ policy, which had banned mining in some areas, state-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL) is still struggling to operate its new projects located in the so-called no-go areas in the absence of a formal go-ahead from the environment ministry.

The delay is set to stem the miner’s efforts to meet new supply obligations, further aggravating the ongoing coal crisis in the country. “Since September last year, only two of our new mining projects have received clearance and, that too, outside of the no-go list.