On 25th March 2021, The Government of India has launched second tranche of commercial coal auction following the award given to 19 mines out of 38 in first tranche of auction in November 2020.

A comprehensive list of mines will be uploaded along with key technical data.  Following this, bidders will submit their preferences for mines to be included in next round of auction. This will be a continuous process and will result in expediting auction setup. It will also help bidders to plan better and will enhance transparency across the system.

Second Phase of Auction

In Second round, around 67 coal blocks will be offered. Out of 67, 6 are coking coal and rest are non-coking which are used in thermal power plants. Coal blocks are spread across Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh. 37 mines have been fully explored and they could be brought to production immediately while 30 are partially explored.

Commercial Coal Mining

This will help in bringing new investments and boost socio-economic development. It will also create huge employment opportunities in coal-bearing states.

Backdrop

In India, Coal mining sector was opened for private companies in the year 2020 following which they started entering the arena of commercial mining and sale of coal. Coal sector was opened for Private companies, 47 years after coal mining was nationalised in India. GoI had also amended the ‘Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act of 2015’ to open coal auction for non-mining, MSMEs and foreign companies.

Non-end user

Hindalco, Essel Mining of Aditya Birla Group, Adani Enterprises, Vedanta Limited, Jindal Steel & Power Limited, and several new & non-mining companies like Aurobindo Realty, JMS Mining Yazdani International, Boulder Stone Mart etc have won the bid. About 65% bidders were from ‘non-end user’ category where “bidder is not a direct user of coal”.

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