Kolkata: The West Bengal government will seek re-allotment of 10 coal blocks that were offered during the Left Front regime but were not taken up by the state. The blocks included the one earmarked for the West Bengal Power Development Corporation (WBPDCL).
"We are sending a letter to Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal tomorrow seeking re-allotment of 10 coal blocks, including one earmarked for the WBPDCL, which were given to the state during the previous Left Front regime but not taken," Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee told reporters here.
The Centre had allotted 16 coal blocks in all but only six were taken by the previous government. He said that the state government would honour all the pre-conditions required for acquiring the blocks.
Chatterjee also said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently for a national iron ore policy for equitable distribution of the mineral from bearing to non-bearing states for the development of the steel industry.
"Steel industry is affected for want of equitable distribution of iron ore from Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and partly Madhya Pradesh to the non-bearing states," the minister said.