The Coal Ministry has identified five coal mines for allocation to state-owned power utilities in an effort to smoothen power supply to consumers, according to unnamed officials quoted in a media report. The blocks, which have a total geological reserve of around 1,400 million tonne, are in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
¨We received the minister´s approval two-three days back. Now, we will put up the coal mines for allotment in around two weeks. State utilities can then apply for those,¨ the official was quoted as saying. He said the allotment of these mines in not restricted to states that have signed for Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana or Uday, a power distribution revival scheme launched by the Centre.