Four coal mines - Magadh, Amrapali, Konar and Birsa in North Urimari in Jharkhand - would be opened by Central Coalfields (CCL), a subsidiary of Coal India (CIL) in 2013-14.
These mines have a total production capacity of around 38 million tonne per annum (mn tpa). Production capacity of Magadh will be around 20 mn tpa and that of Amrapali around 12 mn tpa. Production from Konar and Birsa mines will be around 3.5 mn tpa and 3 mn tpa respectively.
At present, the company has 59 operational mines including 18 underground and 41 opencast in different parts of Jharkhand with total production capacity of more than 50 mn tpa.
The company has reportedly received all statutory clearances including that from Union forest and environment ministry and it is trying to start the mines at the earliest.
The firm would use the most modern technology and equipment in the mines to ensure maximum production and minimum pollution.
Meanwhile, the firm is closely monitoring coal dispatch and is working to bring coal stocks to zero. In future, it plans to transport whatever it mines in line with its plan to reach zero stock at the mines to check fire in coal yard and pilferage.
There was a time when huge stocks of coal remained piled at the mines and there were complaints of fire and pilferage. We have taken initiative and reduced coal stocks from 16.32 mn t to 4.82 mn t.