Telangana CM meets PM over coal blocks

Hyderabad, July 4 (UNI) The Telangana government on Thursday urged the Central government to allocate coal blocks to state-owned Singareni Collieries company Limited (SCCL) as this is vital to meet the state’s power generation needs.

Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi, requested him to remove Shravanapalli coal block from the auction list and allocate it, along with Koyagudem and Sattupalli Block 3, to SCCL.

Union Coal and Mines Minister G Kishan Reddy last month launched the 10th round of auction of 60 coal blocks spread across the country, including one in Telangana.

SCCL is a public sector undertaking and a joint venture of the Telangana government and the Centre with equity of 51 and 49 percent, respectively.

The coal mines of SCCL are spread over Komaram Bheem Asifabad, Mancherial, Peddapalli, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Bhadradri Kothagudem and Khammam districts.

SCCL is currently operating 17 opencast and 22 underground mines in 6 districts of Telangana with a manpower of around 42,000.

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