Railway Budget sanctions projects to aid coal output

The Union Railway Minister, Mr Dinesh Trivedi, today announced firm plans to take up the long neglected cause of “last mile connectivity” to help increase coal output.

The announcement came on a day when CIL was asked to enhance production by over seven per cent to 464 million tonne in 2012-13, as part of its MoU with the Union Coal Ministry.

In his Budget speech on Wednesday Mr Trivedi said that railways in collaboration with the ministries of coal, power and shipping “sanctioned 17 projects” to offer the first and last mile connectivity. Another 28 such projects are identified to be taken up in due course.

“Railways will interact with the concerned utility stakeholders to take the process .. forward, largely through PPP (private-Public-partnership) route,” the Minister.

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