Re­source at stake

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

"Coal quandary" (Septem­ber 16-30, 2014) brought out im­por­tant is­sues on the man­age­ment of coal, one of the cru­cial re­sources that drives the coun­try's en­ergy and de­vel­op­ment. I would like to raise a ques­tion: does the Min­istry of Coal have au­then­tic data on ex­tractable coal re­serves avail­able for our needs? I used the Right To In­for­ma­tion Act to ask Coal In­dia Ltd and its sub­sidiary, the Cen­tral Mine Plan­ning and De­sign In­sti­tute Limited ( CMPDIL), Ranchi, for field­wise and state-wise data on "presently avail­able coal re­sources up­dated after de­ple­tion by min­ing, ac­crual through ex­plo­ration and ex­clud­ing in­ex­tractable re­sources". I was told that

CMPDIL did not have this in­for­ma­tion. It is un­for­tu­nate that we do not have au­then­tic data on how much coal is avail­able to meet the de­mand

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