Operationalization and review of coal blocks are crucial processes that involve the allocation, development, and assessment of coal mining operations in the country. The government of India, through the Ministry of Coal, allocates coal blocks to public and private sector entities for exploration and extraction of coal reserves. These blocks are then operationalized, leading to coal production, and subsequently undergo periodic reviews to evaluate their performance.

A Monitoring Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Coal) with Chief Secretaries from respective Host States, Secretary (MoEF and CC), Coal Controller Organization (CCO) and CMPDIL as members of the Committee to conduct regular reviews and to expedite the development of blocks. Also, a Project Management Unit has also been appointed by Ministry for handholding of coal block allocattees for obtaining various approvals / clearances for early operationalisation of coal mines.

Expediting the operationalization of coal blocks is vital for ensuring timely and sustainable coal production in India. The Ministry of Coal, along with regulatory bodies, monitors the performance of the coal blocks and identifies areas for improvement.  The Ministry of Coal's focus on simplifying procedures, fast-tracking clearances, providing infrastructure support, encouraging technology adoption, monitoring progress, and promoting collaborations reflects its commitment to expedite the process and maximize the potential of coal reserves in the country.

The operationalization and review of coal blocks in India play a vital role in managing and optimizing the country's coal resources. They help ensure sustainable coal production, environmental protection, and social welfare. By fostering transparency, accountability, and continuous improvement, these processes contribute to the responsible and efficient utilization of coal reserves in India.
Below table represents the mine operationalisation percentage of auctioned and allotted coal mines under CMSP Act so far:

OPERATIONALISATION PERCENTAGE OF CMSP COAL BLOCKS

Mode of allocation

No. of mines

Total PRC (in MTPA)

Coal Production in 2022-23(in MT)

Coal production as percentage of PRC (%)

No. of mines operational

No. of mines non operational

% of operational-isation

Auction

70

149.08

17.69

11.86 %

25

45

35.71%

Allotment

53

372.82

69.02

18.51%

31

22

58.49%

Total

123

521.90

86.71

16.61%

56

67

45.52%

S.N Title Attachment Date
1 Minutes of the Review Meeting chaired by Additional Secretary (MN)/ Nominated Authority MOC, GOI on 21-03-2023 at 3:00 PM address the issues pertaining to the operationalization of coal blocks located in the State of West Bengal and Jharkhand Download Pdf 21-03-2023
2 Minutes of meeting chaired by the honble Minister of Coal, Mine and Parliamentary Affairs on 04-11-2022 at 11:00 AM onward to review the coal production/operationalization of captive/commercial coal blocks allotted to public Sector companies and private sector companies Download Pdf 04-11-2022
3 Minutes of Review Meeting chaired by Additional Secretary (MN) and Nominated Authority, MOC on 05-09-2022 at 11:00 AM to address the issues pertaining to operationalization of coal blocks allocated under CM(SP) Act, 2015 and located in the state of Jharkhand Download Pdf 05-09-2022
4 Issuance of Minutes of Review Meeting held under chairmanship of Additional Secretary(MN) and Nominated Authority on 20-06-2022 at 11:00 AM to review the development on non-operational coal blocks in state of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha Download Pdf 20-06-2022
5 Circulation of minutes of the Review Meeting chaired by the Honble Minister of Coal to review all coal blocks allocated under CM(SP) and MMDR Acts held on 15-06-2022 Download Pdf 15-06-2022
6 Circulation of minutes of the meeting held on 07-01-2022 between honble Union Minister of Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs and honble Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh to review the issues of coal mines of Chhattisgarh Download Pdf 07-01-2022
7 Issuance of Minutes of Meeting of Review Meeting held under chairmanship of Additional Secretary (MN) and Nominated Authority on 06-01-2022 at 03:30 PM to review coal mines allocated by Nominated Authority Download Pdf 06-01-2022
8 Issuance of Minutes of Meeting of Review Meeting held under chairmanship of Additional Secretary (MN) and Nominated Authority on 06-01-2022 at 03:30 PM to review coal mines allocated by Nominated Authority Download Pdf 06-01-2022
9 Minutes of Meeting Review meeting held on 17-06-2021 under chairmanship of Nominated Authority to review coal mines allocated for Commercial Mining Download Pdf 17-06-2021
10 Minutes of the Meeting taken by additional Secretary (Coal)/ Nominated Authority on 23-07-2021 at 11 am in regard to review coal mines allocated under CM(SP) Act 2015 Download Pdf 23-07-2021
11 Minutes of the meeting taken by Additional Secretary / Nominated Authority on 14-07-2021 at 11 am in regard to review coal mines allocated under CM(SP) Act,2015 Download Pdf 14-07-2021
12 Minutes of the meeting chaired by Secretary (Coal) GOI on 15th September 2021 at 4:00 PM to address the issues pertaining to operationalization if coal blocks allocated under CM(SP) Act, 2015 and located in the State of Chhattisgarh and Odisha Download Pdf 15-09-2021
13 Minutes of Meeting of Review meeting held on 17-06-2021 under the chairmanship of Nominated Authority to review coal mines allocated for Commercial Mining - input regarding Download Pdf 17-06-2021
14 Issuance of Minutes of Meeting of Review Meeting held under chairmanship of Additional Secretry (MN) and Nominated Authority with state Governments of coal bearing states on 04-03-2022 on the ascertain the genuineness of Monthly Payments made by coal block allottees -reg Download Pdf 04-03-2022
15 Minutes of the Review Meeting chaired by Additional Secretary (MN)/ Nominated Authority on 20th September 2021 at 11:30 AM to address the issues pertaining to operationalization of coal Blocks allocated under CM(SP) Act, 2015 and located in the State of Jharkhand Download Pdf 29-09-2021
16 Minutes of the meeting chaired by Secretary(Coal) GOI, 15th September 2021 at 4:00 pm to address the issues pertaining to operationalization of coal blocks allocated under CM(SP) Act, 2015 and located in the state of chhattisgarh and Odisha Download Pdf 15-09-2021