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The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015

Chapter II

Auction and Allotment

4. Eligibility to participate in auction and payment of fees.-

(1) Subject to the provisions of section 5, Schedule I coal mines shall be allocated by way of public auction in accordance with such rules, and on the payment of such fees which shall not exceed five crore rupees, as may be prescribed.

(2) Subject to the provisions in sub-section (3) of this section and section 5, the Central Government may, for the purpose of granting reconnaissance permit, prospecting licence or mining lease 1[or prospecting licence-cum-mining lease in respect of coal] select any of the following companies through auction by competitive bidding, on such terms and conditions as may be prescribed-

(a) a Government company or corporation or a joint venture company formed by such company or corporation or between the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be, or any other company incorporated in India; or

(b) a company or a joint venture company formed by two or more companies, 2[to carry on coal reconnaissance or prospecting or mining operations, for own consumption, sale or for any other purpose as may be determined by the Central Government, and the State Government shall grant such reconnaissance permit, prospecting licence, mining lease or prospecting licence-cum-mining lease in respect of Schedule I coal mine to such company as selected through auction by competitive bidding under this section.]

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(4) A prior allottee shall be eligible to participate in the auction process subject to payment of the additional levy within such period as may be prescribed and if the prior allottee has not paid such levy, then, the prior allottee, its promoter or any of its company of such prior allottee shall not be eligible to bid either by itself or by way of a joint venture.

(5) Any prior allottee who is convicted for an offence relating to coal block allocation and sentenced with imprisonment for more than three years, shall not be eligible to participate in the auction.

1. Subs. by Act 2 of 2020, s. 10, for "in respect of any area containing coal" (w.e.f. 10-1-2020).

2. Subs. by s. 10, ibid., for the long line (w.e.f. 10-1-2020).

3. Sub-section (3) omitted by s. 10, ibid. (w.e.f. 10-1-2020).



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