Government-owned navratna company NLC India plans to commence mining from its Talabira-II & III coal blocks in Sambalpur from the next financial year. Annual production capacity from the coal blocks with estimated deposits of 554 million tonnes (mt) is pegged at 20 mt.
“Coal extracted from the blocks will feed NLC’s planned 3,200 megawatt (Mw) Talabira Thermal Power project in Odisha and the company’s 1,000 megawatt (Mw) coal-based project at Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu). Payment of compensation for the families affected by the Talabira-II & III coal blocks is under way. Total compensation is worked out to be Rs 1,200 crore. We