Coal Ministry to seek Cabinet nod for land transfer to Reliance Power

Siddhartha P Saikia New Delhi | Updated on March 04, 2014

Attorney General opined in favour

The Coal Ministry will seek Cabinet nod for transferring Government land to Reliance Power.

The nod is needed to transfer the land held by Government-owned Northern Coalfields Ltd (NCL) in Madhya Pradesh to RPower’s Sasan ultra mega power project (UMPP).

The Moher and Moher-Amlohri blocks, given to the UMPP, are surrounded by land given to NCL. A part of this land is to be transferred to Sasan Power as specified in the UMPP bid process.

“The Attorney General has given his comments on the issue. Post that, the Ministry has circulated the Cabinet note for inter-Ministerial comments 10 days back. We are hoping to get the comments shortly,” a Senior Coal Ministry official told Business Line.

The Attorney General has said the land should be transferred to the Anil Ambani firm. There have been seven cases in the past, where such land transfers have been made.

However, NCL was not keen to let go the land and has complained to the Coal Ministry that the private company has started ‘using the land even when the legal transfer of land is awaited.’

On October 17, 2011, a meeting was held between all stakeholders where it was ‘decided and agreed’ that non-coal bearing areas would be transferred to the UMPP. NCL has given its no-objection to the proposal. NCL raised its objection only at the last stage when land was being handed over to Sasan Power by the District Collector.

Published on March 04, 2014

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