Land acquisition, green clearences easing for Coal India

State-run miner Coal India has seen a pick up in production as well as in land acquisition and green clearances boosting the prospects of achieving 1 billion tonne output target by 2020, a top official said today.

Coal India Ltd has already able to acquire 2,000 hectares of land and has received 41 environmental and forest clearances in the last eight months, Coal Secretary Anil Swarup said, adding that its production has risen by 12 per cent in past two months.

“CIL needs to produce one billion tonne coal, if India is to fulfil its goal of 1.5 billion tonne coal production by 2020. Coal India only needs to concentrate in mining and as a Ministry we will take care of everything else,” Swarup said.

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