Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has said he will discuss with Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda the issue of coal mining along with setting up of thermal power units in both the states.
Modi said he would approach Munda to ensure that mining in coal blocks of Urma Pahadi Tola and Maurya, jointly alloted to Bihar State Mineral Development Corporation (BSMDC) and Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB), are carried out speedily.
Not much headway could be made in the matter of joint mining during the past three to four years due to political instability in Jharkhand, he said after reviewing the mining work in the two coal blocks yesterday.
Modi hoped that global tenders would be floated soon for developing Urma Pahadi Tola coal block and that the Maurya block would also be developed.
The two state governments have set up a joint venture company Jharbihar Colliery Limited for mining in Urma Pahadi Tola coal block, which has an estimated 800 MT coal reserve.
While Jharkhand has a larger share of 487 MT, Bihar has 263 MT share in it, he said.
Jharkhand and Bihar share 60 per cent and 25 per cent of coal reserves, respectively, and Karnapura Energy Limited (KEL) had been appointed as special purpose vehicle for the project.
Modi also urged Jharkhand government to provide 1,174 acres of land and adequate water to facilitate the setting up of two proposed thermal power plants of Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB), which would generate 1,320 MW of power using coal from Maurya block.
Since Jharkhand has the maximum share in both the coal blocks it would have to play the leading role in their development, he added.
The Centre had sanctioned the coal blocks following Bihar”s demand for coal linkage to set up thermal power plants, he added.