Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Coal
09-March-2011 15:35 IST
Production of Coal

                The target for production of coal is set for both public and private sector companies based on the guidelines for development of coal block and the terms and conditions of allocation letter.   The production target and the actual production from the allocated coal blocks for the current Five Year Plan (2007-2012) is given below:-

(Figures in Million Tonnes)


Production Target

Actual Production










2010-11 (Provisional)

35.23 (Projected)

26.921 (Upto Dec.2010)

2011-12 (Provisional)

38.25 (Projected)



                 The shortfall in meeting the production target is due to major constraints faced by the allocattee companies in achieving various milestones like purchase of geological report, forest and environment clearance from Ministry of Environment & Forest, obtaining mining lease and acquisition of land.  In case of unexplored coal blocks, grant of prospective licnece & completion of detailed drilling also takes time.

                Government periodically monitors and reviews the development of allocated blocks as well as end use plants by the allocattee companies in the review meetings.  Wherever delays are noticed, Government issues show cause notices and advisories to such allocattees cautioning them to bring the coal blocks into production as per the guidelines/milestones chart.   After the review meeting held in June, 2009 show cause notices were issued to allocatees of 48 coal/lignite blocks.. Based on the recommendations made by the Review Committees on the basis of progress made by allocate companies, 10 blocks have been deallocated and mining lease in respect of one block has been declared void till date. The State Govts. were requested to form a Monitoring Committee headed by the Chief Secretary to facilitate expeditious development of coal/lignite blocks. The Coal Controller’s office is also monitoring on regular basis the achievement of different milestones. 


The last review meeting was held on 20th and 21st July, 2010 with all the coal block allocattees to review the development of coal blocks and the end use projects.  Accordingly, show cause notices have been issued to in respect of 84 coal blocks.

                This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Coal,  Shri Pratik   Prakashbapu Patil  in reply to a written question  in the Lok Sabha today.