“There is a certain degree of comfort that all coal block allottees have been used to, since almost all of them have coal linkages,” Chaudhuri said, adding that as long as the producers had coal linkages there was no need to operationalise the blocks. However, if all the allottees were to simply lean on coal linkages and allow their blocks to lie idle, there was simply no way that the production of coal in this country would pick up. Therefore there would always be a gap between demand and supply.
Asserting that Coal India Limited (CIL) cannot alone meet the ever increasing demand for the fuel in the country, the coal secretary asserted: “So you need to pull up your socks and need to ensure that you go that extra mile along with the government in operationalising these blocks.”
Choudhuri said the ministry of coal has taken a slew of policy decisions to support the coal producers and operationalise the mines at the earliest.