Geographical Co-ordinates: Latitude 23° 48' 30" to 23° 49' 45"
Coal requirement (Pro.) Mtpa.:2.3
Geological Reserves Mt:68.85
Status of Exploration: E
Sajjan Jindal, the Chairman of JSW Steel Ltd, is the brother of Congress MP Naveen Jindal. Ujwal Upadhyaya, Chairman of EMTA, is said to be a friend of Chandan Basu, the son of former West Bengal CM Jyoti Basu.
The Coal Ministry deallocated the block in September 2012 because it was not developed within the deadline. The screening committee had overruled the West Bengal government to allot the block to the two firms.
The government on Monday decided to deallocate one more mine - Gourangdih ABC-- jointly given to JSW Steel and Himachal EMTA besides deduction of bank guarantees of two allottees for failing to develop mines within time.
While the Coal Ministry has so far maintained that coal blocks were allotted to private companies on the recommendations of the state government or their representatives,