Govt plans to reach 1.3 BT coal production by 2024-25

CIL has also invested in the construction of 7 critical new rail line projects for its expansion Brownfield mining projects and Greenfield projects.

Govt plans to reach 1.3 BT coal production by 2024-25
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New Delhi: Coal is the mainstay of the Indian Energy system and about 80 % of coal production is supplied to the power sector and the rest goes to other industrial uses. With "Make In India' initiatives and a higher growth projection of the economy, the demand for coal for both power sectors and other industrial uses has been growing. 

In order to meet the demand for coal, the Government has planned to increase coal production by 7-8 % per year to reach 1.3 Billion Tonne by 2024-25.

In the last five years, the total coal production including 11 states naming Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Meghalaya, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh stands at 675.400 MT in 2017-18, 728.718 MT in 2018-19, 730.874 MT in 2018-19, 716.083 MT in 2020-21, and 778.190 MT in 2021-22.

The Government has taken several steps to ramp up domestic coal production. To improve evacuation efficiency, 44 First Mile Connectivity (FMC) projects are being implemented to consolidate CIL’s effort towards the upgradation and expansion of coal evacuation infrastructure and minimize transportation of coal through road mode in the first mile.

CIL has also invested in the construction of 7 critical new rail line projects for its expansion Brownfield mining projects and Greenfield projects in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Jharkhand with an estimated capital investment of Rs 20,000 Crore said Coal Minister today in Lok Sabha.