The following action has also been taken by Government to enhance the production of the coal in India.
Auction of commercial mining on revenue sharing mechanism from 5 coal bearing states (Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Chhattisgarh) was launched on 18 June 2020. During this round of auction, 20 coal mines with aggregate peak capacity of 59 MTPA were successfully auctioned.
Second Tranche of auction for commercial mining was launched by Ministry of Coal on 25 March 2021. In the second Tranche, a total of 67 coal mines/blocks were offered. Further to cater to the demand of the coking coal consumers, 6 coking coal mines have been put on offer. The cumulative PRC for the fully explored mines on offer has been estimated at 150 MTPA.
In order to expedite the process for conducting auction and to carry out more rounds of auction in a year, a mechanism of rolling auctions of coal mines has been planned. Under this mechanism, upon completion of the electronic auction process of a tranche (approximately 3-4 months from the launch of auction process), the next tranche of auction would be launched for following mines:
Project Management Unit (PMU) has been engaged by Ministry of Coal for hand-holding of coal block allottees for obtaining various approvals /clearances for early operationalisation of coal mines allocated under CMSP Act, 2015.
The Union government has launched Single Window Clearance portal for the coal sector to speed up the operationalisation of coal mines. It is an unified platform that facilitates grant of clearances and approvals required for starting a coal mine in India.
The MMDR Act has been amended in March, 2021 which, inter alia, allows all captive mines to sell up to 50% of the minerals produced during the year after meeting the requirement of attached plant.
CIL has taken the following steps to achieve the target of augmentation of coal production capacity: