The Centre wants Coal India Limited (CIL) to keep coal prices low for cheaper power tariff, said Coal secretary Anil Swarup in the city while addressing an interactive session on the opportunities and challenges faced by the coal sector. The event was organised by Bharat Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday in the city.

Speaking on the occasion, Swarup said that in principle the government does feel that there is need to provide coal to the small-scale sector and individual households because this segment is getting ignored in the coal block auction. He said that probably the government can allot a coal block to a state government and the latter in turn can mine and provide coal to entities such as the small-scale sector, brick kilns and individual households.

There is no fixed timeframe to implement this,but in principle,the government is moving in that direction, he said. There is a clear-cut mechanism in terms of thirdparty assessment on the quality of coal and assessment reports would be put up online,said the secretary. Stressing the role of the railways in the evacuation of coal, Swarup said that is a win-win situation for both the coal sector and the railways as evacuation of coal via road is four times more expensive than evacuation through the railways and 50 per cent of the railway’s revenue is from evacuation of coal. The ministry of coal is working totally in tandem with the railways, said Mr Swarup.

 

Two MoUs have been signed in Odhisa and Jharkhand.It already has special purpose vehicles (SPV) with the railways in Chattisgarh, he added. The future projects of railway evacuation process would be implemented by SPVs and the arrangement is being fast-tracked, Mr Swarup said. He also mentioned the launch of a web portal to address grievances relating to the coal se