Coal reserves available: Auction of 40 coal mines of the country including 9 of Jharkhand started, 55 billion tonnes of coal in these blocks

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After successful auction of 28 coal mines in two phases, the Coal Ministry on Tuesday started the process of auctioning 40 new mines for sale. Jharkhand has nine of the coal blocks to be auctioned. The mines included in the auction are 21 under the CM (SP) Act and 19 under the MMDR Act. With the commissioning of the coal mines from the last installment, there will be a total of 88 mines on offer, in which about 55 billion tonnes of coal reserves are available.

Besides Jharkhand, the mines are in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Union Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi told the media that there has been almost 20 per cent increase in the demand for electricity as compared to the pre-covid times. The government is expected to double the electricity demand by 2040 by connecting remote locations with electricity. Coal will continue to play a major role in the energy mix of the country for the next 35-40 years.

These 9 mines will be auctioned in the state…
Latehar : Chakala, Chitarpur, North Dhadu Hazaribagh : Gondulpara Bokaro : Choritand, Tilia Giridih : Brahmadiha Palamu : Rajhara North Dumka : Uma Paharitola

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