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India’s top court cancels 214 coal licences

World Coal,

India’s Supreme Court has cancelled 214 of the 218 coal mining licences awarded since 1993, the BBC and Reuters report.

The court ruled that companies will have to return most of the coal blocks illegally allocated by the government, in a move that could have an adverse effect on an already severe shortage of coal in the short-term.

In August, the Supreme Court ruled that the licences were illegal since they were allocated in an “arbitrary” manner.

According to the BBC, the four remaining units are all owned by the government.

Edited from various sources by Katie Woodward

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