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Coal ministry blow to Odisha's demand for coal blocks

The Ministry of Coal has turned down the state government's demand for allocation of Chhendipada and Chhendipada II coal blocks in favour of its PSU - Odisha Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (OTPCL). With the ministry no longer keen to award more blocks to state PSUs under the nomination route, OTPCL will be left with no option but to participate in bidding to win a coal block. "The ministry has not honoured our request for allocating Chhendipada and Chhendipada II coal blocks to OTPCL. The letter from the ministry has made it amply clear that they are not going to award any ...