Jharkhand SEB goes slow on coal blocks
The ministry of coal has expressed dissatisfaction with the
pace of the ongoing work at the Banhardih and Urma Paharitola coal blocks
allocated to Jharkhand State Electricity Board under government dispensation
route. In a report the ministry mentioned that the utility was not a serious
player as it had failed to acquire even the prospecting license for the coal
blocks till now.
In its defence JSEB clarified that the progress on the projects was seriously
affected due to the presence of Naxalites in the area. However, the SEB insisted
that considerable progress had been made.
On the current status of work at the project sites, the utility mentioned that
land details had been prepared as per a Geographical Survey of India report and
that it had also applied for forest clearance for the Banhardih coal block. JSEB
stated that work at Banhardih was also affected due to resistance from the local
people. The work would restart only after the state government provided adequate
security at the site.
The Urma Paharitola coal block was given jointly to JSEB and Bihar State Mineral
Development Corporation for exploration. The memorandum of association for the
formation of a joint venture company, Jharbihar Company Ltd, is ready. Work on
this project will be taken up after the formation of the company.
The Banhardih coal block was allocated to JSEB in August 2006 while the Urma
Paharitola coal block was awarded to the two companies in July 2007.
[July 14-20, 2008]