State owned power giant NTPC said that its Dulanga coal mine is commercially operational from October 1, 2020. NTPC said “Based on achievement of approved norms and due approval; Dulanga Coal Mine in Odisha of NTPC Limited, having an ultimate peak rated annual capacity of 7 Million Tonnes Per Annum, is declared commercial operation from October 1, 2020.”
The central government has allocated nine coal blocks Pakri-Barwadih, Chatti-Bariatu & Chatti- Bariatu (South), Kerandari, Dulanga, Talaipalli, Banai, Bhalumuda, Mandakini-B and Badam directly to NTPC. Out of 10 blocks, three mines, Parkin-Barwadih, Dulanga and Talaipalli are in operation and about 27.2 million tonne of coal has been produced from these mines till November 2020. Two mines Chatti-Bariatu and Kerandari are in advance stage of development. NTPC is planning to produce about 103 million tonnes of coal per annum from these mines when all the mines reach the peak-rated capacity.