Coal India Ltd to mine 1,000 million tonnes coal by 2019

BHUBANESWAR: Union Coal Secretary Anil Swarup Monday said the state-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL) would mine 1,000 million tonnes of coal by 2019 — doubling its present production of 500 million tonnes.

“The CIL has set a target to explore 1,000 million tonnes coal from various coal mines. Presently, it is exploring 500 million tonnes,” Swarup told media persons here after reviewing different projects of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL), a subsidiary of CIL, with the Odisha  government officials.

The progress of 15 projects of MCL, including Angul-Sukinda common rail corridor, were reviewed at the meeting. The coal ministry has targeted completion of the railway line project through which coal will be transported to various industries by December 2017.”We have set a deadline to complete the railway project by December 2017. In the initial phase, 30-35 million tonnes coal would be transported while it would be increased to 200 million tonnes by 2019. The progress of the project is satisfactory in the state,” said the coal secretary.

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