India today burns 8 per cent less coal to generate the same quantity of power as it did 4 years ago leading to reduced power cost, thanks to improved efficiency in using the dirty fuel.
Also, in the past 4 years, total production by state-run miner Coal India (CIL) has jumped by 105 million tonne (MT) while the same growth could be achieved in 7 years before 2013-14. These are some of the highlights of the Modi government’s 4 years’ achievements shared by the coal ministry today.
“Amount of coal required to generate per unit of electricity (specific coal consumption) has reduced by 8% in last 4 years. The drilling for exploration has almost doubled to 13.7 lakh meters in 2017-18 from 6.9 lakh meters in 2013-14.
Coal offtake of CIL increased by 23 per cent to 580 MT in 2017-18 from 471 MT in 2013-14. For superior coal quality, third party sampling procedure has been implemented,” the ministry said. Read More