The Ministy of Coal expects that a total of 58 coal blocks would become operational with an expected production of around 138.28 million tonnes (mt).
The ministry has allocated coal blocks for captive end use and sale of coal/commercial mining. 85.32 mt of coal has been produced in 2021-22 from the 47 operational coal blocks. In the regular review meeting with state and central agencies, it was mentioned that show cause notices are issued from time to time to the companies which are not adhering to the timelines prescribed in their agreements for timely operationalisation of coal blocks or for non-achievement of targeted coal production. A scrutiny committee has been constituted by the ministry to consider the show cause notices and replies received from allocattees on case to case basis and recommend penalty in cases the delays are attributable to the allocattees.