Indian coal ministry seeks help from World Bank to re-purpose abandoned mines

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A worker shovels coal in a supply truck at a yard on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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BENGALURU, June 29 (Reuters) - India's coal ministry said on Wednesday it sought assistance from the World Bank and other global institutions for re-purposing its abandoned coal mines to make them environmentally stable and suitable for commercial purpose.

Indian officials are rushing to make more coal available for utilities as shortages in the July-September quarter are forecast to be wider than initially estimated due to expectations of high power demand.

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Reporting by Rama Venkat in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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