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Thirty-seven coal blocks of CIL identified for mining via MDOs

Posted on Nov 05, 07:48PM | UNI

Thirty-seven coal blocks of Coal India Limited in various coalfields in the country have been identified for mining via mine developer and operator (MDO) route, India Coal Market Watch (ICMW) quoting an official of Western Coalfields Ltd (WCL), a subsidiary of CIL, said.

The 37 mines/ blocks having a total capacity of 164.25 million tonne (mt) have been proposed by production subsidiaries (of CIL), the official said.

Out of these, 18 blocks will have opencast mining having 137.80 mt capacity, while 16 blocks will be underground mines having 18.45 mt capacity and in three blocks. Mining will be done through mixed mines having 8 mt capacity.

CMPDI's director (technical) A.K. Debnath confirmed that it may take some time before the interested MDOs could be be shortlisted and deployed.

'We already had a meeting regarding this and a document has been prepared incorporating points after discussion with all the subsidiaries. The document will be sent to the Finance Ministry next week and after it gets approved, there will be a pre-NIT meeting. After this entire thing is done, contract miners will be allowed to operate in Coal India's mines. They will quote; we will pay per ton of coal-that will be the contract,' ICMW quoted Me Debnath as saying.