Geographical Co-ordinates: Latitude 20° 58' 32" to 21° 0' 0"
Geological Reserves Mt:1500
Status of Exploration: UE
BJP MP Hansraj Ahir has said that the Coal Ministry allocated the block without clearance from the screening committee. 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.
Even as coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has emerged as one of the UPA government's leading firefighters against the opposition onslaught on irregularities in coal block allocations,
The government in 2009 allotted coal fields to two companies for projects meant to convert the mineral to liquid fuels,
Contrary to his tall claims, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik hasn't favoured competitive bidding in coal blocks allocation.