Geographical Co-ordinates: Latitude 20° 59' 10" to 21° 03' 10"
Geological Reserves Mt: 1500
Status of Exploration: UE
The block was allotted for a project to convert coal to liquid. Naveen Jindal, a Congress MP and Chairman of Jindal Steel, had lobbied for allocation of three coal-to-liquid projects to different applicants. Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had written to the Prime Minister asking for support to the Tata Group's JV.
The government in 2009 allotted coal fields to two companies for projects meant to convert the mineral to liquid fuels, despite a Rajya Sabha member having expressed concerns the previous year to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Contrary to his tall claims, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik hasn't favoured competitive bidding in coal blocks allocation. Worse,