Nagpur: Western Coalfieds (WCL) is looking at expanding in other states to augment its resources, Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal said here on Thursday.
    
The Nagpur-headquartered WCL has limited scope for expansion and hence the government is exploring ways to expand its base by allocating new coal blocks, Jaiswal told a press conference here on Thursday.
    
Jaiswal was all praise for WCL saying that despite several odds, it was doing extremely well and would meet its target during the current fiscal.
    
"I have asked the management and trade unions to make all out efforts to go beyond their target and achieve more. We are hopeful that WCL does better than last year," Jaiswal, flanked by Minister of State for Coal Prateek Patil said.
    
On non-operation of coal blocks alloted to private parties and necessary action, Jaiswal said the process of show cause notices have begun and Ministry was examining why the private parties have not started the work.

On the alleged 'Coalgate' scam, Jaiswal dismissed allegations, saying that the CBI was investigating it and none will be spared. He said that the allotment of coal blocks to the private sector was not new but started in 1993 and continued by successive governments.

(Agencies)

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