New Delhi : Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has asked Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal to reconsider the decision on deallocation of four coal blocks, including three mines allotted to NTPC, saying investments in the blocks could otherwise get delayed.

“I request your personal and timely intervention in issuing the formal withdrawal of deallocation letter at the earliest so that NTPC and DVC (Damodar Valley Corporation) are in position to meet the project related commitments,” Scindia has said in a letter to Jaiswal.

The govt had last year deallocated coalmines of NTPC for not developing them within the stipulated time frame. “Ministry of Coal after considering the reports of NTPC and DVC decided to withdraw the deallocation in principle… However, formal orders have not been issued till date,” the Minister said .

In another development, battling with delays in forest clearances for 178 projects from state governments, Coal India has sought PMO’s intervention for sorting out the issue with Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

S Narsing Rao, Chairman, CIL has suggested to the PMO that, “There is a need for creation of a suitable institutional arrangement at the state level which can help Central Public Sector Enterprises in sorting out issues related to environment clearances, land acquisition and law and order on a continuous basis.”  –PTI

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