The Supreme Court on Tuesday hauled up the Meghalaya government on the issue of illegal coal mining in the state.
Thirteen days after 15 miners were trapped in a flooded mine in Meghalaya, the state owned coal mining major Coal India finally received a request for assistance sent by the state government on December 20.
Former union coal secretary HC Gupta has been convicted along with five others for irregularities in the 2012 allocation of coal blocks in West Bengal, according to news agency ANI. The conviction verdict was handed out by a special CBI court in the national capital.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought response from ParsaKente Collieries Ltd (PKCL), a subsidiary of Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (RRVUNL) over a plea seeking cancellation of coal blocks allocated to it and being run by Adani Enterprises Ltd.
The Delhi government on Wednesday said thermal power plants in and around the city had again started facing coal shortage, which could lead to blackouts if the problem is not addressed immediately.
In a jolt to private power producers, the government has ordered Coal India Ltd to make ‘out-of-turn’ allotment of scarce coal to central and state electricity generation companies.
Coal India Ltd.’s sales and output in March rose to the highest on record as the world’s biggest coal miner rushed to meet its annual production target, a goal that it missed for at least the sixth consecutive year.
Adani said on Monday it had cancelled plans with Downer EDI Ltd to help develop and run its Carmichael coal mine in Australia after failing to secure a cheap government loan for the A$16.5 billion ($13 billion) project.
Minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday that the coal ministry will take urgent steps to ensure coal supplies to power stations stabilise by month-end or early October.
India should split the seven units of state-controlled Coal India Ltd into independent companies to make it more competitive, the government’s policy think-tank said on Tuesday in a draft of a new energy policy.