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Coal auction: Centre names 8 winners in 2nd lot

The names of successful firms pertaining to six coal blocks that went under the hammer in the second lot are missing from the government's list of winning bidders. A total of 14 ready-to-produce mines were auctioned in the second tranche.

Asked about the absence of winners of six coal blocks from the list, a top Coal Ministry official said, "There are no winners till a final view is taken." The six coal blocks which do not figure in the list of successful bidders of schedule III mines are Brinda and Sasai mines (one bid was invited for both the mines), Meral mine, Dumri mine, Tara mine and Mandla South mine. Coal Swarup Anil Swarup had earlier tweeted that "Usha Martin is the highest bidder at (Rs) 1804 (per tonne) for Brinda and Sasai coal block."

He had also tweeted "Tirumala Industries (is the) highest bidder for Meral coal block at (Rs)727 (per tonne)." "Hindalco (is the) highest bidder at (Rs) 2127 (per tonne) for Dumri and Jindal Power at (Rs) 126 (per tonne) for Tara coal block," Swarup had tweeted.
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