Statutory clearances, land acquisition underway, Shantaram informed

PANAJI: The Union Minister of State for Coal, Mr Pratik Patil, informed Mr Shantaram Naik MP in the Rajya Sabha, in a written reply to his question whether Goa government has been allocated any coal block, that the coal block allotted to M/s Goa Industrial Development Corporation in Chhattisgarh, is in the state of obtaining statutory clearances and land acquisition.

The Minister said, "Gare Pelma Sector III coal block in the state of Chhattisgarh was allocated to M/s Goa Industrial Development Corporation on November 12, 2008, to meet the coal requirement for their 188 mW thermal power plant to be set up in Raigarh district in the state of Chhattisgarh."

The Minister said further in his reply that the coal block is at the stage of obtaining statutory clearances and land acquisition. The responsibility of developing coal block as per the prescribed guidelines and milestone chart attached with the allocation letter rests with the allocatee company as per the existing law. Further, the allocatees have to submit bank guarantee which remains valid at all times till production from the coal block reaches its peak
capacity.

Mr Patil informed Mr Naik that coal production from the captive coal block shall commence within 36 months (42 months in case the area is in forest land) in case of open cast mine and in 48 months (54 months in case the area falls under forest land) in case of underground mine from the date of preparation of
geological report.