The minister, who
chaired a meeting of the Consultative Committee on Coal & Mines Ministries
on First Mile Connectivity projects, said first mile connectivity will promote
ease of living in coal mine areas by reducing traffic congestion, road
accidents and adverse impact on environment.
Coal and Mines
Minister Pralhad Joshi on Monday Jan 11 said public sector coal companies,
including state-owned Coal India, will adopt alternate transport methods,
including mechanised conveyor systems, computerised loading onto railway rakes,
among others, for movement of coal in large mines, replacing road transport..
The state-run miner to use mechanized systems in the place of road
transport of coal
miner is replacing road transport of coal from pitheads to despatch points with
mechanised systems like conveyor belts to decrease transportation time. It had
announced 35 projects under the first phase of the initiative, of which two are
companies of CIL (Coal India Ltd) together will infuse a tentative capital of
over Rs 3,400 crore in these projects that have a total of 100.5 million
tonnes/year capacity,” the company had said.
Of the 14 projects
in phase II, Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL) accounts for five projects with 62.5
million tonnes per annum capacity.
Coalfields Ltd with a solitary project has 20 million tonnes per annum
capacity. Eastern Coalfields Ltd has seven projects and South Eastern
Coalfields Ltd has one project with a capacity of 14 million tonnes per annum
and 4 million tonnes per annum, respectively, the statement had said