New Delhi: The government on Monday said Coal India (CIL) has submitted an initial perspective plan for developing 119 mines allocated to the PSU firm.
"Ministry of Coal in May 2012 has tentatively assigned 116 coal blocks to CIL. Further, three coal blocks viz Brahmini, Chichro Pastimal and East of Damogoria from the deallocated coal blocks have been assigned to CIL for undertaking mining.
"Coal India (CIL) has submitted a preliminary perspective plan for development of above mines," Minister of State for Coal Pratik Prakashbapu Patil said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
Earlier, CIL had expressed hope that it can start mining in 13 of the 119 blocks allotted to it in one or two years.
"The Coal Ministry has allotted 119 coal blocks to Coal India. Of them, we can produce coal from 13 in one or two years," Coal India Chairman and Managing Director S Narsing Rao had said.
The state-owned firm had asked for 138 mines in August 2008 in order to reverse the declining trend of production and to augment output. CIL at present has 466 mines.
Coal India has set a target to produce 464 million tonnes (MT) of coal for the current fiscal. Last fiscal, it had produced 435.84 MT and envisages to take its production to the level of 615 MT by 2016-17, the last year of the 12th Five Year Plan.
Meanwhile, the miner has also identified 142 new projects -- 107 open cast and 35 underground mining -- with an ultimate capacity of 380.22 million tonnes per annum (MTPA).
CIL had earlier said it wanted to take production capacity to 556 million tonnes (MT) by 2016-17. In 2011-12, it had recorded production of 435.8 MT.
The state-owned coal major accounts for over 80 per cent of the domestic production.
First Published: Monday, December 17, 2012, 15:02