CIL production jumps 6%, focus on evacuation
With coal production increasing over six per cent and offtake at only 3.2 per cent during the year, logistics and coal evacuation comes into core focus for Coal India. “Evacuation is growing at 3.5 per cent while, production is growing at more than 6.7 per cent till January 6 this year. Unless there is evacuation, what is the point in production,” Coal India Chairman Suthirtha Bhattacharya said. Even with this production rate Coal India has been able to reach 96 per cent of the production target to 349.9 million tonne (till first week of January) and is planning to bring a big push to production of 1 billion tonne coal by 2020, Coal ministry and Coal India has turned their focus toward evacuation infrastructure. Bhattacharya said lot of deliberations have been carried out with ministry and internally on various models to enhance the rail connectivity for coal movement.