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New Delhi: Coking coal mission has been launched for increase in the coking coal production from present 45 MT to 140 MT by 2029-30, Union Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi said on March 14, 2022.
Giving a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Joshi said This will help in reducing the import of coking coal as it can be blended with high grade imported prime coking coal for steel manufacturing.
“Latest technology e.g. Continuous Miner for underground mines, surface miner for opencast mines, latest HEMMs etc. are already in vogue for production of coal in the country.”
Demand Higher Than Supply
The Minister also informed the House that the demand of coal is higher than the current level of domestic supply of coal in the country.
The total actual demand of coal during 2020-21 was 906.13 Million Tonnes (MT) and out of which total coal import was 215.25 MT which was 23.75% of the total requirement, Joshi said.
He said that the gap between demand and domestic supply of coal cannot be bridged completely as there is insufficient availability and reserve of prime coking coal in the country.
“Further, coal imported by power plants designed on imported coal and high grade coal required for blending purposes is also imported in the country as this cannot be fully substituted by domestic coal as the country has limited reserve of high grade coal.”
Joshi said that as per the current import policy, coal is kept under Open General License (OGL) and consumers are free to import coal from the source of their choice as per their contractual prices on payment of applicable duty. Government of India does not interfere in this matter. (Press Release)