‘India to produce 810 MT of coal in FY 20’

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    Coal Minister Mr. Pralhad Joshi informed the Parliament that India will produce 810 Million Tonnes (MT) of coal in the current fiscal. Elaborating further, he mentioned that the targets for Coal India Limited, Singareni Collieries Co. Ltd and Captive & others have been set as 660 MT, 67 MT, and 83 MT respectively.
     The Minister said the government has planned exploration of 37 coal blocks and 10 lignite blocks along with the drilling of 121 coal blocks and one lignite block in the current fiscal. This is in addition to exploration and drilling of coal blocks allocated to state-run Coal India Limited (CIL), he added.“Exploration of Non-Coal India Limited (Non-CIL) coal blocks is carried out under the Central Sector Scheme ‘Exploration of Coal & Lignite’ of the Ministry of Coal.
   The minister also informed that a fund of Rs. 937 crores have been allocated for exploration and drilling of Non-CIL blocks in coal and lignite out of which Rs. 120 crores have to be spent on regional exploration and remaining 817 crores to be spent for detailed drilling.

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