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Odisha seeks coal block allotment to MCL

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

on Thursday requested the Centre to allot four coal mines of the state to Limited (MCL) instead of Limited (WCL) for the smooth operation of the mines.

However, the has decided to allot four coal mines -- Odisha-Rampia, dip side of Rampia, Ghogarpalli, and dip extension of Ghogarpalli -- to WCL instead of MCL, which is already operating several coal mines in the region.

"The matter may be re-examined and the aforementioned coal mines of may be allotted to the instead of another Coal Limited (CIL) subsidiary located away from the state," said the in a letter to

In case is unable to handle more coal mines in view of its existing commitments, CIL may consider setting up another subsidiary for Talcher Coalfield and may further scale up its operations in the Ib Valley region, he added.

informed that the operation of the coal mines requires close coordination with the local administration for land acquisition, rehabilitation, and resettlement of project affected families.

The WCL with its headquarters at Maharashtra's may not be in a position to effectively the issues, which are critical to the smooth operation of coal mines, he added.

"The MCL has achieved a record production of more than 143 million tonnes of coal during the FY2017-18 and with a more focused approach towards rehabilitation and resettlement of the affected families, it can grow further in partnership with the local communities," said



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 13:46 IST