The Coal Ministry has withdrawn Bander mine in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra from the list of 41 coal blocks put up for auction for commercial mining as the mine lies in the eco sensitive zone of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.
In the withdrawal notice dated July 21, the coal ministry said, “bidders may kindly note that Bander coal mine is now part of the Tadoba–Andhari Tiger Reserve as per the notification declaring the area as eco sensitive zone issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.”
Accordingly, the Ministry of Coal has decided to withdraw the Bander coal mine from the auction process under the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015, it said.
“In view of the above, …..Bander coal mine is withdrawn from the 11th tranche of auction….,” it said.
Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the auction process of 41 coal blocks for commercial mining.