Coal auction: Crisil to submit report
The Coal Ministry has identified 54 coal blocks a few days ago for various sectors, including 16 for power, 12 for steel and 12 for government firms among others.
"We have given the offer letter to Crisil and asked it to provide us report within three months on the methodology of fixing the reserve price of blocks to be auctioned," a source close to the development said.
Crisil had emerged as the lowest financial bidder for the Coal Ministry's contract to prepare the methodology. It provides ratings, research, and risk and policy advisory services.
The moves comes amidst the CBI initiating a preliminary inquiry in connection with the alleged irregularities in the utilisation of coal blocks allocated to private companies between 2006 and 2009.
It is also being alleged that there was a delay of nearly two years in auctioning process and the ministry has done so to benefit some private players.
In February, Coal India Ltd subsidiary - Central Mine Planning & Design Institute (CMPDI) - on behalf of the Coal Ministry, had invited an expression of interest for providing consultancy services.
CMPDI has been assigned the task of hiring a consultant for the methodology of fixing the reserve price of blocks and finalising the bid document, and assist in bidding process.
Earlier, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal had said