The total coal production in the country stands at 448 million tonnes (MT) as of October, 2022 which is 18 percent higher than the production of the corresponding period of last year.
The increase in coal production from Coal India Ltd (CIL) is also more than 17 percent.
The Ministry of Coal is planning to build stock at domestic coal-based plants to the tune of 30 million tonnes by the end of November, 2022. It has a plan to keep building the stock so that by the end of 31st March, 2023, Thermal Power Plants (TPP) stock will go up to 45 million tonnes. It is further planned to enhance coal stock at the pithead.
During the first seven months this year, there has been 9 percent growth in average rakes per day, which is helping to transport higher quantities of coal and building up stocks at power plants.
The Ministry of Power is also augmenting transportation of coal through rail-cum-road mode. CIL has communicated a quota for RCR mode of lifting to all the power generating companies for next eight months. This will help power generating companies to plan transportation logistics in advance.
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Ministry of Power, Railways and Coal are working in tandem to promote transportation of coal through sea route. So far, transportation of coal from MCL to Paradip by rail and thereafter to power plants on Eastern Coast is being made through rail-sea-rail route.
The government is promoting transportation of coal from coal mines in eastern parts of the country to power plants located on the western coast or northern parts of the country. Accordingly, the capacity of coal transportation to Paradip is being augmented.
It is planned to start movement of coal for western coast plants through RSR by early next year. The Government is planning to promote transportation of coal through all three possible modes.
During FY22, CIL, SCCL and NLCIL have brought 2,151 hectares under green cover and planted 47 lakh trees. So far, 29 eco-parks have been developed by coal and lignite PSUs. In FY22, our PSUs supplied 3,703 lakh kilolitres of mine water to nearby communities for domestic and irrigation purposes benefiting over 16 lakh people in 871 villages.
The Ministry of Coal is closely monitoring issues related to production, transportation and quality of domestic coal.