North-Eastern Coalfields seeks clearances to operationalize 2 Assam mines in FY23
The development assumes significance in the wake of efforts being made to avoid the reoccurrence of power outages faced by the country at the beginning of the summer season this year due to the shortage of coal supplies.
He further said that the company is also in the process of getting clearances for Tikak OCP in the state which will produce 0.2 MT of coal.
''Once both the mines begin production, the company will produce around one million tonnes of more coal,'' the official said.
A major share of the coal produced from both blocks will go for power generation.
Mining operations at North Eastern Coalfields were halted due to environment-related issues in 2020.
North-Eastern Coalfields presently operates in Tikak Colliery with two opencast projects with a combined coal production capacity of 0.4 million tonnes per annum. The coal mines in Assam and its neighboring areas are controlled directly by CIL under the unit North Eastern Coalfields.
Coal India accounts for over 80 percent of domestic coal output.
The minister had said that even if CIL produces one billion tonnes in 2023-24 there would be a shortfall in domestic coal supplies to meet the demand.
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