Talcher: There is need to produce more coal as demand for dry fuel is expected to rise post-COVID19 pandemic, said Mr Pramod Agrawal, Chairman, Coal India Limited today.
Mr Agrawal, who was on a day-long visit here in Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), inspected mining and coal evacuation operations at Talcher coalfields. Committed to fulfil the energy needs of the country, the Chairman said, Coal India is giving much emphasis on increasing production.
“Need of country is to produce more and more coal”, Mr Agrawal said, highlighting rising demand for coal to meet energy requirement for revival of industry post COVID19 restrictions. There was a sudden fall in demand of coal due to pandemic, which had forced subsidiaries to slow down production and focus on other related works like removal of overburden and strengthening of infrastructure for coal transportation.
On production, the Chairman said Coal India would cross 650 million tonne production mark during financial year 2020-21. He appreciated MCL for commendable growth in all the major parameters of production, despatch and over burden removal. Coal India had produced 405 million tonne coal by third financial quarter ending December 31, 2020, which has a contribution of 101.8 million tonne from Odisha-based MCL.
“MCL has done very good till now, but more challenges are ahead,” said Mr Agrawal, who also laid the foundation stone of Bhubaneswari coal handling plant (CHP) Phase II, which is part of First Mile Connectivity (FMC) projects in MCL. Bhuabneswari CHP Phase-II, having estimated cost of Rs 247 crore, will have coal handing capacity of 15 million tonne per annum.
Mr PK Sinha, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, MCL along with Mr OP Singh, Director (Technical/Operations) and Mr Kehav Rao, Director (Personnel), MCL accompanied the Chairman during his visit. The Chairman inspected coal mining and despatch operations at Bhuabaneswari OCP, SILOs in Lingaraj Area, Bharatpur Area and Hingula Area in Talcher coalfields. Earlier, at a meeting with the leaders of trade unions, Mr Agrawal appreciated trade unions in MCL for their constructive role towards growth of the country.