Jaypee Cement has sought the coal ministry´s nod to surrender two captive coal blocks it had won in the auction last year, as it has sold the attached cement plants. The two blocks are Majra in Maharashtra and Mandla South in Madhya Pradesh. Industry executives said the company could not sell the coal blocks with the cement plants.
´The coal ministry has received the representation and is studying it,´ said the official. ´As per auction norms, companies backing off from development of auctioned coal blocks are barred from coal block bidding for a year and their bank guarantees equivalent to a year´s revenue from the mines can be seized.´