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Govt defers coal mine auctions as steelmakers shy away from bidding

A total of six coking coal blocks were to go under the hammer

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

At present, if a company has a mine with 10 mt capacity but is extracting only four mt, it pays royalty on the latter amount
Coal mine.

The government has deferred e-auction of the fifth tranche of mines for the and any further development will be intimated in due course.

"With reference to the fifth tranche of mines auction, bidders may kindly note that following events (e- auction for the qualified bidders scheduled between July 7-14, 2017) shall not take place as per the schedule," the office of Nominated Authority (Ministry) said in a notice to the bidders.

Though the government has not cited any reasons for the action, sources said the auction was deferred as the bids from steel makers were not sufficient.

According to the notice, the demo e-auction would also not take place and further developments in this regard shall be intimated in due course.

A total of six coking coal blocks were to go under the hammer in the fifth round, five being in Jharkhand.

The six coal mines are Brahmadih, Choritand Tiliaya, Jogeshwar & Khas Jogeshwar, Rabodih OCP and Rohne in Jharkhand, and Urtan North in Madhya Pradesh.

In December, 2015, the government annulled the fourth round of planned for January 2016 on account of poor response from bidders in sectors like steel as well as depressed commodity prices and adverse market conditions.

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First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 16:32 IST