Blueprint of coal production in FY 2020-21

Coal

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF COAL RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION No.4 TO BE ANSWERED ON 14.09.2020 Blueprint of coal production in FY 2020-21 4. DR. AMAR PATNAIK : Will the Minister of COAL be pleased to state: (a) whether Government has prepared a blueprint of how it plans on achieving its target of 710 MT of coal in the ongoing financial year 2020-21 given the prevalent circumstances of lockdown; (b) the required growth rate necessary to meet such a target considering the targets of 2019-20 were not met; and (c) how far does this affect the target of one billion tonne coal production by Coal India Limited (CIL) by the year 2023-24? Answer MINISTER OF PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS, COAL AND MINES (SHRI PRALHAD JOSHI) (a): Coal production was regulated due to high pit head coal stock, sufficient coal stock at power houses end and less offtake during the current year. Coal India Limited (CIL) has made a strategy to emphasize on Overburden (OB) removal to ensure accelerated production whenever demand picks up. Growth of OB removal & composite Opencast (OC) production till 7.09.2020 is 17.2% & 12.0% respectively over the same period last year. Closing raw coal stock of Coal India Limited as on 7.09.2020 is 61.39 Million Tonnes (MT). The process of Unlock is in progress which is likely to increase demand for coal. Coal exposure is sufficient due to growth of OB removal to achieve required level of coal production as demand improves. (b): The required growth rate to achieve the target of 710 MT would be 18% over previous year. (c): CIL has formulated and finalized its 1 BT (Billion Tonne) coal production plan by the year 2023-24 for which it has already identified mines and projects which will contribute 1 BT by the year 2023-24. Accordingly, different enabling conditions like requirement of land, Environmental Clearance (EC)/ Forestry Clearance (FC), Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R&R), evacuation infrastructure like Coal Handling Plants (CHPs)/Silos etc. have been chalked out and CIL is making all out efforts to achieve the aspired figures of 1 BT by 2023-24.