"You are hereby called upon to show cause, on each milestone separately to this ministry within period of 20 days from the date of issue of show cause notice as to why the delay in development of the coal block (s) should not be held as violation of terms and conditions of the allocation... and why the coal block should not be de-allocated," the Coal Ministry said in the letters to the companies.
    
The ministry also asked companies like Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board, AES Chhattisgarh Energy Pvt Ltd, JSPL and Nalwa Sponge Iron Ltd "to furnish a detailed status note on the progress of end use plant(s) (EUPs) for which the coal block was allocated."
    
The 14 companies which were slapped notices includes JSPL and Nalwa Sponge for Gare Pelma 1V/6 coal block, AES Chhattisgarh Energy for Sayang coal block, Madhya Pradesh State Mining Corp for Morga-I coal block and Hindustan Zinc for Madanpur (South) coal block, the ministry said.
    
"Keeping in view the unsatisfactory progress, the IMG (Inter-Ministerial Group) recommended to issue show cause notice for delay in development of coal block(s). The recommendation of the IMG has since been considered and accepted by the government," the ministry said.
    
The ministry had recently issued notices on eight firms, including Adani Power, Jayaswal Neco, for delays in mine development.
    
The government had formed the IMG last year to review the progress of coal blocks allocated to firms for captive use and recommend action, including de-allocation for delays in development of mines.
    
The panel under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary in the Coal Ministry comprises members from other ministries, including steel and power.

(Agencies)

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