State-owned NLC India Limited said on Sunday it is planning to invest more than Rs 17,000 crore for its thermal power projects and has embarked upon afforestation programme inside and outside the coal mining area in Odisha.
Coal India is hoping to increase fuel stocks at power plants to the prescribed level of 22 days, which requires 36 million tonnes to be stored at generating stations, a company executive said.
The Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report on the environmental impact due to mining activities and mitigation measures at Coal India Limited (CIL) and its subsidiaries, has found several discrepancies.
Six of the seven coal producing subsidiaries of the world’s largest miner CIL did not devise a policy as mandated by the environment ministry, according to a CAG report tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.
The parliamentary standing committee on coal and steel said that the issue of high-operating costs of coal mines run by the PSUs requires the Union coal ministry’s “serious consideration”.
International companies will require time to understand India’s supply chains and how to meet growing demand of coal, following opening up of the Indian coal sector to foreign direct investment, feels World Coal Association.
Coal India announced the provisional production and offtake performance of the company and its subsidiaries for the month of November 2019 and for the period April-November 2019 as under –
Anticipating high demand for power in the ensuing summer, the power utilities in the State are exploring ways to stock necessary coal by importing, procure power from central generating stations and gas generators, and generate hydel power to ensure uninterrupted power.
The current round of coal block auction for the non-regulated sector is likely to fetch four states about Rs 43,000 crore over the life of the mines from the extractable reserves, analysts said.power plants resulted in 85,000-1.15 lakh premature deaths between 2011-12.
Air quality in the capital deteriorated to “very poor” level on Sunday from “poor” a day before, with experts warning that the city could again suffer “severe” air quality by Tuesday due to a rise in the share of pollutants from stubble burning in neighbouring states, falling temperatures and calm nighttime conditions.