Coal Ministry warns Goa to take possession of coal block within 100 days
Industries Minister Vishwajit Rane, "We will appoint a consultant shortly to complete the procedures to take possession of coal block allotted to Goa,"
PANAJI: The Ministry of Coal, New Delhi has warned the State government that it will withdraw the coal block allotted to Goa if the procedure is not completed within next 100 days.
Industries Minister Vishwajit Rane along with Secretary (industries) Nila Mohanan held a meeting with the officials of Ministry of Coal in Delhi on Friday.
After the meeting, Vishwajit said, "We had a meeting with the Secretary (Coal), Government of India today (Friday). He has already given us indication that within 100 days if we do not complete coal allotment and appoint MDO (mine developer and operator), there will be cancellation of coal block. Most importantly we have been told to pay the minimum fixed price which is approximately Rs 14 crore and we can give allotment letters. Subsequently we have to get a MDO on board at the earliest. If the Goa government does not do it within 100 days, then coal allocation will be cancelled as per the instruction of the Prime Minister."
Vishwajit said that the Goa government had already replied to the email stating that they will comply to the conditions as mentioned by the Ministry of Coal, Government of India. "We will appoint a consultant shortly to complete the procedures to take possession of coal block allotted to Goa," he said.
The Ministry of Coal, Government of India had alloted coal block to Goa at Raigarh district, about 135 kilometre away in Chhattisgarh.