New Delhi: To clear the deadlock on coal mining in the country, Union Energy Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that he would pitch for implementation of the recommendations of B K Chaturvedi committee report in the upcoming inter-ministerial meeting.

The next meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) is scheduled on August 24 and the Power Ministry is hopeful of finding a clarification to the Environment Ministry's classification of coal blocks in the country as "go" and "no-go" zones, due to which many power projects are left stranded.

Speaking at a programme held for induction of new employees in NTPC, Shinde said, “A proposal for shifting the location of the Karanpura thermal power project may be taken up in the next inter-ministerial meeting”.

The Rs 8,000 crore NTPC project in Chatra district of Jharkhand, was supposed to be implemented during the 11th Five-Year Plan (2007-12) but has been hanging in lurch for almost a decade.

The Ministry of Power has assured NTPC of not giving the three coal blocks in Jharkhand to other companies which were cancelled due to absence of development within the stipulated deadline.

Aroop Roy Choudhury, Chairman and Managing Director, NTPC said, “The Power Ministry has assured us of not giving the cancelled blocks to any other company and may reconsider the issue.” He said the NTPC will import 1.2 - 1.6 crore tonnes of coal in the current fiscal year out of the required 16.40 crore tonnes.

(JPN/Bureau)