States get Rs 102.7 crore as upfront payment for coal mines

A total of Rs 102.7 crore has been transferred to the coal-bearing states including Odisha and Chhattisgarh on account of upfront payment for blocks that were auctioned and allotted last year. The amount towards upfront payment to the coal-bearing states i.e. Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha was sanctioned, an official said.

Of Rs 102.7 crore, the maximum amount of Rs 71.4 crore was transferred to Odisha, followed by Rs 21.4 crore to Chhattisgarh, Rs 5.4 crore to West Bengal and Rs 4.4 crore to Madhya Pradesh.

The coal ministry had in January received a sum of Rs 41.2 crore as first installment of upfront payment from Vedanta for Jamkhani coal block in Odisha, which the company had bagged in the auction held last year.

The Centre had also received in February Rs 51.6 crore from KPCL for two coal blocks in Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

The ministry had also received Rs 4.4 crore from Birla Corporation for two mines in Madhya Pradesh.

The Centre had late last year approved allocation of five coal blocks.

ET Energy World
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