India’s Ministry of Coal has stipulated that private bidders for the forthcoming auction of six coking coal blocks for captive consumption would have to mandatorily commit investments to set up linked coal washeries to be eligible to participate in competitive bidding. According to a government official, since the government objective was to stop all supplies of un-washed coal to user industries, bidders at the auction would have to put in their investment plans the construction of washeries in their bid documents.

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