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NTPC may start mining from 6 coal blocks by 2017

According to AK Jha, the Technical Director of NTPC, the state-run power producer may start production from all its six coal mines by 2017.

These coal blocks, which include Pakri Barwadih, Chatti-Bariatu, Kerandari, and Chatti-Bariatu (South) in Jharkhand; Tallaipali in Andhra and Dulanga in Odisha, may supply an additional 40 million tonne (mn t) of captive coal to the firm.

This year, the firm hopes to begin production from one of the mines in Jharkhand. The company managed to get back the Chatti Bariatu, Chatti Bariatu (South) and Kerandari coal blocks, which were de-allocated by the union coal ministry earlier.

It may be recalled that last year, the ministry had cancelled allocation of five blocks -- Chatti Bariatu, Chatti Bariatu (South), Kerandari, Brahmani and Chichiro Patsimal -- to NTPC as it could not develop the mines within the stipulated timeframe.

Jha further said the 800-mw Kol Dam hydel project in Himachal is expected to be commissioned this fiscal. Besides, he said that NTPC was planning to commission 100 mw of solar power projects this year.

NTPC is setting up solar power projects in different states, which are at various stages of development. By March 2014, the firm expects to commission nearly 100 mw of projects.

It is setting up 50 mw solar plant at Raigarh in Madhya Pradesh, 5 mw at Faridabad (Harayana), 10 mw at Talcher (Odisha), 10 mw at Unchahar and 25 mw at Singrauli (UP) and 25 mw in Ramagundam (Andhra).

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