- Union coal secretary Anil Swarup on Thursday said Odisha would get about Rs.45,000 crore in next 25-30 years from the ongoing coal auction process.
- The state would avail an estimated amount of about Rs.45,000 crore during the period.
- Stating that Odisha would get the amount only when mines are explored, Swarup said if there are more reserves of coal, the state would get more revenue.
- Swarup’s estimate came in contrast to Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s claim earlier that Odisha would receive Rs.2 lakh crore from the coal auction.
- The coal secretary denied rejecting any request of the Odisha government regarding allocation of coal blocks to Odisha Thermal Power Corporation (OTPCL).
- The Odisha government had demanded allocation of Chhendipada-I and Chhendipada-II coal blocks in favour of OTPCL, which has proposed to set up a 2,400 MW power plant at Kamakshya Nagar in Dhenkanal district.
- But the government claimed that the coal ministry has turned down the request. The government has also proposed to allocate coal blocks to the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC).