India’s coal production increased 13 per cent from 565 million tonne (MT) in 2013-14 to 639 MT in 2015-16, power, coal, mines and renewable energy minister, Piyush Goyal said. The minister also said coal imports have fallen nine per cent to 199.88 MT in 2016. The drop in coal imports has been on account of increased production by Coal India Ltd (CIL) in 2015-16, Goyal said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha. While addressing the Parliament, Goyal said that a roadmap has been prepared by CIL to substantially enhance production of coal by 2019-20. This includes capacity addition from new projects, use of mass production technologies and identification of existing on-going projects with growth potential. The focus of the government is on increasing the domestic production, which includes efforts to expedite environment clearances & forest clearances expeditiously, pursuing with state government for assistance in land acquisition and coordinated effort with Railways for movement of coal, the minister added. Coal is the biggest contributor to the total value of mineral production in the country.
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