Ranchi: More than 50 big businessmen of the country including Adani and Jindal have shown interest in taking closed mines of BCCL. An online meeting was held with all the bidders on Saturday under the chairmanship of BCCL Chairman Pramod Agarwal on behalf of the Project Management Department of Coal India. The bidders present in the meeting put the possible problems in operating the mine before the management. The bidders said that most of the underground mines closed for 20-30 years are submerged, about which there lies many question. In this regard, Chairman Agarwal has assured to find a solution. Coal India will constitute a committee to consider the apprehensions and suggestions of bidders.

Meanwhile, questions are being raised regarding the availability of coal in the mines. Also the reliability of the reports of Coal India is being questioned. Some bidders have also demanded to give the right to use coal. Coal India’s underground opencast mines, including BCCL are to be operated in the MDO and will be leased out to private companies for a specified period for coal mining. The five mines that are being made available for auction include Loyabad of Sijua area, Madhuban of Barora, Lohapatti of WJ and Kharkhari mine of Govindpur area.