Policy on surplus coal usage may be finalised

The policy on the usage of surplus coal produced in mines allocated for captive use to firms would be finalised by November this year.

Policy on use of surplus coal and washery rejects from captive blocks would be finalised and published by November 30, 2012, according to a Coal Ministry document.

The Coal Ministry had in May sought comments from various ministries on usage of surplus coal from captive coal blocks, following an inter-ministerial panel suggestion to formulate a policy on the utilisation of excess fossil fuel.

Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal had on May 4 stated that a policy on the usage of incremental coal would be finalised in a month’s time.

Earlier, the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) had asked the Coal Ministry to formulate a policy on the use of surplus coal. After seeking comments from various ministries, the draft policy on usage of surplus coal would come up for deliberation in the meeting of Committee of Secretaries (CoS).

(Agency)

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