India’s Coal Stock Up by 3 Billion Tonnes

From Times of India

Coal resources in the country have gone up to 121 billion tonnes in 2012-13, registering a growth of 3 billion tones in the year.

This has come to light in a report prepared by the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI), one of the two subsidiaries of the Coal India Limited operating in Jharkhand.

A spokesman for the company said the CMPDI had registered a growth of 13% in drilling, compared to the previous fiscal year field exploration achieving an all-time high by exploring 5.63 lakh metre during 2012-13 as compared to around 4.98 lakh metre in the previous year. “We carried exploratory drilling in 101 blocks/mines spread over 24 coalfields in six states and prepared 15 geological reports. The reports prepared by the CMPDI has established that coal resources in the country have increased by around 3 billion tonnes,” said the spokesman.

Of the 5.63 lakh metre exploration, the CMPDI had carried out 2.76 lakh metre through departmental drills and the rest by other outsourcing agencies.

Like the CMPDI, the Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), the other CIL subsidiary, has also done well in 2012-13. CCL has dispatched 53 million tonnes (MT) of coal to different industries in 2012-13, which is around 4.95 MT more than the previous year, registering a growth of around 10.3%. In 2011-12, the company had dispatched 48.041 MT.

In the beginning of 2012-13, the coal stock of CCL was 16.327 MT, which was liquidated to 4.945 MT came to 11.382 MT by March 31 this year. Coal production in 2012-13 was 48.055 MT in 2012-13 against 48.004 MT in 2011-12.

In Jharkhand, there are 59 operating mines of which 18 are underground and 41 are opencast. These mines are spread out in 8 districts of Ranchi, Ramgarh, Hazaribag, Bokaro, Palamau, Latehar, Chatra and Giridih.

“In the past one year, we organized 169 free health camps in CCL command areas benefiting 21,793 people,” said a release issued by the company. Samadhan Kendra, a single window grievance redress cell set up at the CCL headquarters, received an overwhelming response. In the past one year, 348 complaints were registered and 286 were disposed.

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