Coal India gearing up for 1 billion tonne coal production

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Secretary, Ministry of Coal Anil Swarup, flanked by S Bhattacharya, CMD , Coal India Ltd(CIL), addressing a Press Conference, in New Delhi on February 20, 2015.
Secretary, Ministry of Coal Anil Swarup addressing a Press Conference, in New Delhi on February 20, 2015.

New Delhi: Coal India Limited (CIL), the Maharatna coal mining monolith had unveiled its roadmap, of strategies to be adopted, to attain the 1 Billion Tonne (BT) coal production mark by 2019-20. With the projected coal demand of the country hovering around 1,200 Million Tonnes (MTs) by 2019-20, at an envisaged growth rate of 7%, CIL is expected to chip in 1 BT, of which, 908 MTs is the expected contribution from the identified projects.

This was stated by S Bhattacharya, CMD , Coal India Ltd (CIL) while briefing the media here today. He said that the process of identification of projects to share the balance quantity, to top up the 1 BT mark, is also underway. The two CIL subsidiaries Sambalpur based Mahanadi Coalfields Limited and the Bilaspur based South Eastern Coalfields Limited are expected to play a pivotal role in CIL’s quest of attaining the 1 BT production with 250 MTs and 240 MTs respectively, Bhattacharya added.

Anil Swarup , Coal Secretary earlier said that coal ministry is committed to increasing coal production in the country.

Bhattacharya went on to point out the key issues that the coal miner is basically relying. These are timely completion of three critical railway lines and also speedy acquisition and green clearances.

Elaborating further, Bhattacharya said to overcome the hurdle of coal evacuation, CIL had decided to purchase 2000 railway wagons from its own kitty for which a specific fund had been earmarked. The coordination with Railways for implementation has already been initiated. In a move to synergize its efforts SECL already has 2 Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) with State governments to develop rail network including last mile connectivity, involving Railways. More number of SPVS are on immediate anvil towards grounding railways infrastructure with Railways and concerned State Govt. participations, Bhattacharya stated.

Underscoring the strategy for the future, Bhattacharya said the focus will be on Technology Upgradation in Opencast Mines with high capacity equipment , Operator independent Truck Dispatch System, Vehicle tracking system using GPS/GPRS, Coal Handling Plants (CHPs) and SILOS for Faster Loading and monitoring using Laser Scanners. As far as productivity improvement in Underground mines is concerned, he said that the steps taken by CIL will include introduction of Continuous Miner Technology in large scale, Long-wall Technology at selected places, Man Riding system in major mines and Use of Tele monitoring Techniques. Use of ICT, remote sensing geophysical technologies and proper monitoring and evaluation methodologies will be the key features, he added.

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