Twenty seven coal blocks in Chhattisgarh have been allocated to 51 companies between 2004 and January 16 this year, Chief Minister Raman Singh on Wednesday told the State Assembly during question hour.
Singh said that production has not yet been started in any of the allocated coal blocks as the allocation process was on under the provisions of MMDR Act and Forest Conservations Act of 1980 to give mining lease to the companies.
In his written reply to Congress MLA Renu Jogi, the Chief Minister said that while state mining corporations of Maharastra, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have been allocated coal blocks, state electricity boards of Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan have got coal block allocations in Chhattisgarh during this period.
The Chief Minister is also holding the Mining portfolio.
Public sector undertaking NTPC has also been allocated a coal block during this period, Raman singh added.
It is to be noted here that Chhattisgarh accounts for about 18 per cent of the total coal reserves in the country.