Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi on Friday said the Centre has accepted the suggestion of the Chhattisgarh government to change five mines in the state put up for commercial coal auctions with three other new mines. “The coal Ministry has accepted the suggestion of Chhattisgarh government to change five mines with other three new mines put under commercial coal auctions in the state,” Joshi said.
Presently, nine mines have been put up for commercial mines auction in Chhattisgarh.
Joshi, who is on a visit to Chhattisgarh, also met Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
“The meeting was very positive, progressive and open minded. We have discussed issues related to coal and other minerals in the state. Chief minister has also given some good suggestions on DMF (District Mineral Foundation) and NMET (National Mineral Exploration Trust) on which we will consider positively,” he added.
During their meeting, it was also decided “to get a proposal by a committee comprising of Coal India (CIL), Chhattisgarh government and MAHAGENCO officials in 15 days for shifting of a railway line of Chhattisgarh East Railway Ltd (CERL).”