Coal India planning to restore production from discontinued underground mines

Coal India (CIL) is planning to restore production from its discontinued underground mines and has identified 12 such blocks with provisional mineable reserves of around 1,060 million tonnes. The move is seen as part of efforts by the PSU coal major to meet its overall production target of one billion tonnes in the next four years.

Of the said blocks, eight belong to Eastern Coalfields (ECL) and the remaining four fall under Bharat Coking Coal (BCCL), spread over the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand. The project is on the drawing board but CIL aims to start the process soon to bring these mines back to active production. This is in effort to increase production through indigenous sources.

Coal India is the world’s largest coal mining company. It also produces non-coking coal and coking coal of various grades for diverse applications.