New Delhi,May,16:Amid mounting inter-ministerial differences resulting delay in the execution of projects in country, Prime Minister has called a high-level meeting to settle the issues like coal shortages and environment clearances with the ministers of Environment, Power,Coal,Steel and Finance on May 19.
"The meeting will be held on Thursday (May 19) to assess the progress made in the first four years of the current Plan and resolve the differences among the ministries," a senior Coal Ministry official said to the press.
This will include the agendas like power capacity addition targets achieved between 2007-08 and 2010-11 and projects trapped due to coal shortages and environment clearance.
The meeting, to be chaired by Singh, will be attended by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma, and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
In another development the Defense Ministry' has objected to exploration of certain oil and gas blocks in the Krishna-Godavari basin, because they are located between two proposed defense establishments, uncertainty is again looming over the further offering of blocks in the prolific basin.
Spread over 50,000 square kilometers along the East Coast of the country, the Krishna Godavari Basin is estimated to have up to 1,130 million metric tons of oil and gas, or approximately 60 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Because of the Defense Ministry's objections, such Krishna Godavari Basin block identified as having oil and gas production potential was put up for auction in the recently concluded New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) bidding round."The Defense Ministry did not give clearance to three (blocks) in KG Basin and one block in Orissa coast.
The inter Ministerial conflicts have taken their shape and has became prime hurdle of the industrial growth in India so Prime Minister Intervened in the matter.