Union power, coal, mines and RE minister, Piyush Goyal informed the Lok Sabha of a series of initiatives that are being undertaken by his ministry and state-owned coal company—Coal India Ltd to improve the quality of coal in general and that of low grade coal in particular.
Goyal informed the lower house of the Parliament that in the beginning of each financial year, subsidiary Coal Companies of Coal India Limited (CIL) declare and revise the grades of coal to be produced in the financial year as per the laid down procedure prescribed by the Coal Controller Organization (an independent statutory body of Government of India). Allocation of coal to the industrial establishments and power plants are done based on this declared grade of coal.
The minister further stated that in order to produce better quality coal, CIL has adopted several measures.
This includes selective mining by Surface Miner in opencast mine and Continuous Miner in underground mine for elimination of bands, wherever necessary /feasible, appropriate positioning of OB and coal benches to avoid contamination, scrapping/cleaning of coal benches before blasting, installation of metal detectors / magnetic separators over running conveyors before coal loading. crushing arrangement are also provided for supply of sized coal for better consumer satisfaction, all the major projects having high capacity coal handling plants dispatch sized and uniform quality of coal to suit the requirement of consumers.
This apart, participation of consumer representative in Joint Sampling/ Third Party Sampling and analysis of coal with consumers, based on which consumers are provided with the facility of adjustment of payment against coal value and arrangement for awareness programmes / imparting training to the personnel involved in production of coal regarding importance of coal quality and need to improve and maintain the same during mining operations.
Goyal further said that to increase the availability of coal in the country, CIL has taken major steps viz., expansion of existing mines, opening new mines, speedy evacuation of coal by undertaking three major Railway infrastructure projects to be executed by JV companies in growing coalfields of SECL, MCL, & CCL etc.
At the same time exploration capacity is being increased through induction of modern equipment and outsourcing to enhance the availability of coal in future as CIL has envisaged to produce 908.10 Million Tonne of coal by the year 2019-20.
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