Vedanta Ltd and Hindalco Industries Ltd were among the first private companies chosen to operate coal mines in the country without end-use restrictions, the government said on Monday
The world's second largest consumer of coal, government allocated 38 coal mines for auction to the private sector, offering financial incentives to attract investment and reduce imports
The auctions are conducted in two stages, the first of which is the submission of a technical bid, evaluated by the coal ministry
The bidders who qualify then submit financial bids in which they detail what percentage of revenue would be paid to the government
No technical bids were received for 15 of the 38 mines
On the first day of the auctions, final offers for 5 mines with an annual production capacity of 13.75 million tonnes ranged from 10.5% to 30.75%, the coal ministry said
Vedanta won the biggest mine with an annual production capacity of 6 million tonnes."In all the mines auctioned, the final offer received is above 10 per cent signalling strong demand of coal mines in the market," the coal ministry said.