Context: The Ministry of Coal in India has formulated an ambitious Action Plan for FY 2023-24, aimed at enhancing the production, efficiency, sustainability, and new technologies in the coal sector.
Major points of the Coal Ministry Action Plan 2023-24:
|Area of Focus
|Achieve the coal production target of 1012 MT for FY 2023-24. Increase coal production and efficiency. Formulate a coking coal strategy to enhance coking coal availability in the country. Improve the quality of coal
|Achieve CAPEX target of Rs 21030 Crores for FY 2023-24. Monetize assets. Allocate 25 new coal mines for commercial mining in FY 2023-24
|Monitor new railway line projects critical for coal evacuation. Adopt a Coal Logistics Policy/Plan for effective and environmentally friendly transport of coal
|Safety in Mines
|Ensure the best safety standards in coal mines. Conduct safety management & response drills. Scientifically close mines to restore ecological balance
|Technology Push to Coal
|Implement technology roadmap in the coal sector. Promote clean coal technology such as Coal to Hydrogen, Coal & Lignite gasification, and CBM/CMM.
|Sustainability in Coal Sector
|Develop eco-parks/mine tourism. Utilize mine water/overburden and implement energy-efficient measures