Centre allots Utkal D & E Coal Blocks to NALCO
Bhubaneswar: 15/09/2015: National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), the Navratna PSU, Under Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India has been allocated Utkal D and E Coal Blocks, in Angul district of Odisha, where the company’s 4.6 lakh tonne Aluminium Smelter and 1200 MW Captive Power Plant are located.
“The company’s smooth operation and expansion plans hinged on the allocation of these blocks,” says Shri T.K. Chand, CMD, NALCO. “With this, NALCO’s captive resources add 200 million tonnes of coal, which will see the company through the next three decades and more,” a much relieved Shri Chand added.
It may be mentioned that Utkal E Coal Block was allotted to NALCO by Govt. of India in 2004. The company had spent Rs.126.34 crore for this block, including Rs.98 crore towards compensation against land acquisition. The company had also spent considerably on infrastructural facilities and various CSR activities in the area. However, the cancellation of allocation of Utkal E Coal Block, following Supreme Court’s order to de-allocate 204 coal blocks across the country, came as a setback to the company. NALCO was pursuing with Govt. of India for re-allocation of coal block under the allocation route, as the end-use investment had already been made.
Now that Govt. of India has appreciated the dire needs of NALCO and decided to allocate the coal blocks in favour of the company, CMD Shri T.K. Chand has thanked the Ministry of Mines and Ministry of Coal for allocating the mines that will enable the company to meet its expansion plans. “A sense of gratitude and euphoria has engulfed the entire company, since this momentous decision is intricately woven with the dreams and aspirations of NALCO Collective,” Shri Chand concluded.