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30 coal mines allocated to private sector

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The Indian government has allocated 30 coal mines to private-sector companies under the provisions of the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act 2015, which was passed after the Supreme Court nullified over 200 existing coal allocations.

The 30 coal mines were allocated via three tranches of auctions for use in specified end-user industries, including the power sector and the steel and cement industries, said Minister for Coal, Piyush Goyal, in a written reply to a question from the Lok Sabha, India’s upper house of parliament.

Mining operations have begun or mining opening permission granted at 11 of the coal mines with 8.5 million t of coal so far produced.

In total 75 coal mines have been allocated under the provisions of the Coal Mine (Special Provisions) Act – 31 by auction and 44 by allotment. The Indian government is pushing a rapid expansion of domestic coal production in order to meet growing demand for power in the country.

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