New Delhi, Mar 24 (UNI) Coal India Ltd (CIL), a public sector coal major, has enhanced its production target for 2011-2012 to 504.10 million tonnes (MT), about 141 MT more than the 2006-07 projection and 59 MT more than earlier projection for the XI Plan.
Under the 'emergency coal production plan', it has identified 16 open cast projects where production from the existing mines will be enhanced to yield additional 71.3 MT after attaining full production potential in eight years.
This incremental contribution would enable the coal sector to, by and large, meet the projected demand of steam coal, says the 2005-06 Annual Report of the Ministry of Coal.
The Report says the gap between demand and supply will be met through imports in view of limited reserves of coking coal in the country, According to the Report, the coal production in the country (excluding Meghalaya) during the first three quarters of 2005-06 was provisionally estimated at 282.424 MT against the production of 267.177 MT achieved during the same period of the previous year.
This showed a growth of 5.71 per cent.
The Report says the coal reserves up to the depth of 1200 metres were estimated by the Geological Survey of India at 253.30 billion tonnes by January 2006.
The lignite reserves in the country were estimated at around 36,009 MT, most of which are located in Tamil Nadu.
Other states where lignite deposits have been located are Rajasthan, Gujarat, Kerala, and Jammu and Kashmir, besides the Union Territory of Pondicherry.
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