Ministry of Coal has sent a Show-Cause notice to Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) considering the slow development process of Saharpur Jamarpani Coal blocks.
IMG in its 22nd meeting held on 23 October, 2013 considered the development report of Saharpur Jamarpani Coal blocks prepared by the Coal Controller’s Organization (CCO) as on June, 2013 is not up to the mark. Hence, decided to de-allocate Saharpur blocks from DVC. It noted that no such significant steps for progress are being taken by DVC towards the Coal blocks. In addition, the planned aims and objectives by the company for these Coal blocks have not been achieved yet.
As per the report submitted by CCO some of the missed milestones are as follows:
- Purchase of Goods Receipt (GR)
- Submission of Bank Guarantee
- Mining lease application
- Submission of Mining plan
- Approval of Mining plan
- Application and Granting of Previous Approval
- Grant for Forest Clearance
- Application of Land Acquisition
- Coal Production
Keeping in view, the above mentioned unsatisfactory progress, IMG recommended issuing a show cause notice for delay in development of Coal block. Ministry has asked the company to revert back giving justified reasons within 20 days from the date when notice was issued to them.
DVC thus needs to give explanation to the Ministry on slow development process of Saharpur Jamarpani Coal blocks and reasons for not de-allocating the blocks, failing which the blocks would be considered for de-allocation by the Ministry. Furthermore it needs to furnish a detailed status note on the progress of end use plant(s) (EUPs) for which the mentioned Coal bocks were allocated to the company.
IMG was constituted by the Government to review the progress and development of the allocated Coal blocks and associated end use projects. The government had constituted an Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) on 26 June, 2012 under the Chairpersonship of Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal with members constituting from Ministry of Power, Steel, Commerce & Industry, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (IPP), Ministry of Law and Justice, Department of Legal Affairs and Department of Economic Affairs. IMG even has the rights to recommend de-allocation of Coal blocks which are not showing much progress.