Coal Ministry signs allotment agreement with West Bengal power Development Corporation

Ministry of Coal has signed an allotment agreement with the West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) regarding the Deocha Pachami Dewanganj-Harinsingha coal block. The agreement was signed on September 16, 2019. 

Under the provisions of Coal Block Allocation Rules, 2017, the West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) has been allocated the Deocha Pachami Dewanganj-Harinsingha coal block. The coal block is located in Birbhum district of West Bengal and covers an area of 12.28 sq km with estimated reserves of 2102 million tonnes for generation of power. The Coal Block Allocation Rules, 2017 were made under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957. 

Coal block allotment to West Bengal: Significance

The coal block allotment to West Bengal will help generate considerable amount of direct and indirect employment in West Bengal and also contribute to the socio-economic development of the region. The project will also address the immediate as well as the future coal and power requirements of the region.

The  Deocha Pachami Dewanganj-Harinsingha Coal Mine is the 2nd largest coal mine in the world with an estimated reserve of 2102 million tonnes.

Allotment agreement signatories

The new allotment agreement was signed by Coal Ministry’s Deputy Secretary Ram Shiromani Saroj and WBPDCL’s Director (Regulatory Affairs) Amit Bhattacharyya in the presence of Secretary of Coal Sumanta Chadhuri and WBPDCL MD/ Chairman PB Salim.

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