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    Default EGoM decides against reviewing decision on Sasan excess coal

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    A high level inter-ministerial panel today decided not to review the earlier decision allowing Reliance Power to use excess coal from the Sasan UMPP mines for its another project.

    An Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on ultra mega power projects, headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, decided not to review the past decision after taking legal opinion from the Attorney General G. E. Vahanvati.

    In August, 2008, an EGoM had given approval for Reliance Power to divert surplus coal from the Sasan blocks for another project in Chitrangi. Both projects are in Madhya Pradesh.

    “We stand by that decision (in 2008)... We cannot review decisions of the past but we can certainly look at the implication of those decisions in changing circumstances and what we need to do in the future,” Law Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters after the EGoM meeting here.

    Meanwhile, Tata Power, which has legally challenged the award of Sasan UMPP to Reliance Power, said in a statement the “Sasan matter is sub-judice”
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