57 illegal beneficiaries listed

Essar Power, Jindal Steel and Power, Hindalco and Tata Power were among the 57 beneficiaries named by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in his report on coal block allocation presented before Parliament on Friday.

While Essar Power was allotted a block in Jharkhand with an extractable reserve of close to 1,110 million tonnes, Tata Power, along with Hindalco, got 130-million-tonne block in the same state. Adani Power Ltd was another major firm which benefited from the allocation. It got a block in Maharashtra with 140 million tonne reserve.

Further, Monnet Ispat, along with Tata Power and Jindal, was allocated a block in Odisha with 287-million-tonne capacity.

JSW Steel, Bhushan Steel and Jai Balaji also were allotted blocks in Jharkhand with a whopping 191-million-tonne reserve. The CAG report said these 57 companies were allotted blocks with open cast or mixed mines.

The Strategic Energy Tech of Odisha was allotted a reserve of 1500 million tonnes, the highest among all companies. 

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