With the environment ministry continuing to soften its stand on environmental clearance for large projects, the power minister said he is hopeful of receiving the documents from the environment ministry soon.
Two of the three coal blocks associated with the Bedabahal UMPP - Meenakshi B and the 'dipside' of Meenakshi - had fallen in 'no go' areas, where the environment ministry had barred any mining activity.
This had led Power Finance Corporation, the nodal agency for implementation of UMPPs in the country, to postpone the process of inviting preliminary bids to next month - the seventh time bidding process for the project has had to be put off.
However, the environment ministry has said that only two projects could mine for coal from the blocks, categorised as no-go area. If the government proceeds with Bedabahal, either an NTPC project or an Odisha government project will not get coal.