Government sets up inter-ministerial panel on coal gasification

As part of its policy for the development of coal gasification, the government has set up an inter-ministerial panel for identifying coal and lignite mines to be put up for auction or allotment.

The development of underground coal gasification (UCG )is envisaged to provide energy security.

The panel being chaired by Additional Secretary, Coal has members from ministries such as Petroleum and Natural Gas, an official said.

“Recently, the Inter Ministerial Committee was set up. The panel would discuss, identify and make recommendation on coal blocks have to be either auctioned or alloted (for underground coal gasification),” the official said.

The panel also has members from Niti Aayog and Central Mine Planning & Design Institute (CMPDI), the official added.

The Union Cabinet last month approved a policy for developing Underground Coal Gasification in coal and lignite bearing areas in the country.

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