New Delhi: Taking a U-turn on its announcement to cancel 14 coal blocks and one lignite block allotted to public sector firms, including power major NTPC, the government on Tuesday said it is open to review the decision.

"If PSUs come forward with a request to review the decision of de-allocation of coal blocks, we will surely do this," Jaiswal told reporters after a meeting to assess coal companies performance.

Asked whether the decision of de-allocation including that of NTPC was open to review, Jaiswal said any affected party, including State PSUs and state governments, can approach the Centre.

On May 5, Coal Ministry had announced its decision to cancel allotment of 14 coal blocks and one lignite block to six PSUs, including NTPC, and three private firms for their failure to develop mines.

Apart from NTPC, the Ministry had cancelled blocks to DVC, Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation, TVNL, Bihar State Mineral Development Corporation and Jharkhand State Electricity Board besides three private firms – Shree Baidyanath Ayurved, Bhatia International and VS Lignite.

Country's largest thermal power producer NTPC has already approached Power Ministry to take up the matter with Coal Ministry for review of its decision to de-allocate five blocks alloted to it.

"The power ministry has assured us that it is with us on this issue," an NTPC official said.

The decision to deallocate blocks had followed recommendations by a Coal Ministry panel, which reviewed progress made by firms in developing 88 coal and lignite blocks, allotted for captive use.

The committee had also recommended issuing warning to 29 coal and three lignite block allocattees against any delay in bringing their blocks into production.

(Agencies)