Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Coal held its meeting in Tirupati , Andhra Pradesh today and reviewed status of implementation of coal washeries and measures being taken for improvement of quality of coal by Coal India Ltd and its subsidiaries .
The meeting was chaired by Piyush Goyal , Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New & Renewable Energy and was attended by members of the Lok Sabha Dalpat Singh Paraste, Hari Manjhi, Kaushlendra Kumar , Midhun Reddy, Santosh Kumar , Laxmi Narayan Yadav, Ramchandra Paswan, Ravindra Kumar Pandey, Vijay Kumar Handsdak, and Members of the Rajya Sabha Dr. Bhushan Lal Jangde and Dhiraj Prasad Sahu and Renuka Chowdhary .
Piyush Goyal welcomed the Members and informed them historic growth of 9 percent in production of coal by CIL and 23 percent by SCCL achieved during current FY. Higher production of coal has resulted in about 16 percent downfall in import of coal which has resulted in saving of about Rs 22,000 crore of foreign exchange , Goyal added.
D.N.Prasad Advisor ( Projects), Ministry of Coal gave detailed presentation highlighting long term plan of washing and crushing of coal by setting up new coal washeries.
Members were informed that CIL has existing 15 washeries with capacity of 38 MTY and as part of future plan CIL plans to build 15 new washeries for augmenting the demand of washed coal for energy needs and compliance of environmental regulations. These washeries will be built in two phases on Build-own –Maintain and EPC contract on turnkey basis and would be operational by September 2017 .
Regarding new initiatives taken for quality improvement of coal , the Members were informed that from 1.1.16 , it has been made mandatory to supply 100 percent crushed coal of ( -) 100 mm size to power sector consumers having FSA excluding pit –head power plants of NCL and ECL. During 2015-16 a total of 63.8 MT crushing capacity has been added with installation of mobile crushers and feeder breakers .
Giving details of further improvement of Third party sampling introduced on 26.11.2015 , it was stated that an independent Third Party Agency is to be empanelled by Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research at the loading end at the loading end on behalf of both the power plant and coal companies . The new system has commenced on 1.1.2016 in Northern Coalfields Limited.
During discussion, all members appreciated the efforts taken by the Ministry of Coal and CIL. Members gave several suggestions for mitigating water scarcity problem in the villages surrounding mining areas, using fly ash as a soil nutrient , setting up of washeries and crushers at same location, utilisation of washeries wastage and reducing coal thefts.
In his response, Goyal said that directions have already been given to all companies to process the extracted water from the coal mines and supply to the villagers nearby. Regarding utilisation of washeries wastage , Goyal said that efforts will be made to set up small power plants to supply power in nearby locality in consultation with State Governments. In order to resolve issues concerning coal mining areas faster , Goyal directed CMDs of coal companies to interact with Members of Parliament from Coal bearing States on last Saturday every 3 months.
Anil Swarup , Coal Secretary , CMD s and Directors of CIL and NLC Ltd and senior officers of the Ministry of Coal also attended the meeting.