The allocated coal field, in Baitarani West in Odisha, was to be exploited jointly by Kerala, Orissa and Gujarat. Absence of effective initiatives on the part of Kerala to mine and utilise the coal allocated to it has led to the notice being served on the State.
In response to this, Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) Chairman M. Sivsankar said that Odisha government had been withholding the clearance to be given for land acquisition in the coal block.
Odisha had also placed its objections before the Prime Minister, aggrieved at the allocation of coal fields in that State for commercial exploitation to states such as Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh also, despite these states having their own coal resources.
Mr. Sivsankar said the KSEB had, on October 9, made a presentation before the Inter Ministerial Group at the Centre, explaining the reasons for the delay in utilising the allocated coal.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had written a letter to the Union Coal Ministry explaining the reasons for the delay and seeking more time to start utilising the coal.