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The Cham­ber or­ga­nized a Sem­i­nar on “In­dia’s Coal Sec­tor – Vi­sion 2020” with Anil Swarup, IAS, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Coal, Govt of In­dia as the Chief Guest. “We have coal suf­fi­cient enough for power and non–power sec­tors”, said Anil Swarup, ad­dress­ing the House. He said that cur­rently the sup­ply side prob­lems had been taken care of, the prob­lem was more on MCC Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try.

• “We have coal suf­fi­cient enough for power and non–power sec­tors”, said Anil Swarup, ad­dress­ing the House. He said that cur­rently the sup­ply side prob­lems had been taken care of, the prob­lem was more on the de­mand side.

• Swarup was of the opin­ion that ear­lier all the prob­lems were be­cause of shortage in coal pro­duc­tion.

• The Coal Sec­re­tary con­grat­u­lated Coal In­dia Ltd. (CIL) Team for a trans­par­ent process as also for record coal pro­duc­tion over a pe­riod of 2–3 years. CIL had pro­duced 32 Mil­lion Tonnes (MT) of coal more in 2014–15 over the pre­vi­ous year, the fig­ure in­creased to 44 MT more in 2015–16, reg­is­ter­ing a growth of 9 p.c over 2014–15.

• He men­tioned about 3 con­tribut­ing fac­tors lead­ing to higher avail­abil­ity of coal, viz. Avail­abil­ity of Land, En­vi­ron­ment & For­est Clear­ance and Evac­u­a­tion of Coal.

• Since coal was avail­able, in­ven­tory pe­riod at power plants came down to 15 days and from 22 days, he in­formed the House.

• Swarup fo­cused on en­sur­ing qual­ity of coal. He also spoke on con­trol of pil­fer­age through geo-fencing, video track­ing and a to­tally trans­par­ent sys­tem.

• While chart­ing out the growth path for 2020, the Coal Sec­re­tary men­tioned about the strat­egy to curb im­ports by aug­ment­ing pro­duc­tion of qual­ity coal. “There would be no im­port for power sec­tor by 31st March of this fis­cal year”, he an­nounced.

• Re­gard­ing de­mand side man­age­ment, he was em­phatic that Ujwal Dis­com As­sur­ance Yo­jana (UDAY) would play a cru­cial role for fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity as also to gen­er­ate enough de­mand for the coal in­dus­try.

• He ex­pressed con­cern over the de­cline of Plant Load Fac­tor (PLF) of the power plants, which had come down to 59–60p.c

• Fo­cus­ing on the bal­ance be­tween en­vi­ron­men­tal needs and de­mand for qual­ity coal & power, he men­tioned that 15 wash­eries were be­ing com­mis­sioned by CIL. All coal from the pit­head would move through cov­ered con­veyor belts, which would re­duce pol­lu­tion dras­ti­cally, he stated. He put em­pha­sis on foresta­tion of land.

• Speak­ing on en­ergy mix, the Coal Sec­re­tary was of the opin­ion that de­pen­dence on coal would not re­duce even after 2 decades. Coal and non–con­ven­tional en­ergy could sup­ple­ment each other to gen­er­ate power in the long run, he felt. He how­ever ex­pressed con­cern on PLF of So­lar be­ing as low as 20 p.c.

• Swarup in­formed the House that ex­plor­ing Coal Bed Methane was be­ing han­dled by the Min­istry of Petroleum, GOI.

• On a query, Swarup pointed out that the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment was con­sid­er­ing a spe­cial com­pre­hen­sive pack­age for the Steel sec­tor in­clud­ing coal is­sues.

Kapil Tha­par, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Fuel Man­age­ment, CESC, RP-SG Group com­pli­mented the Coal De­part­ment and CIL for phe­nom­e­nal level of pro­duc­tion, link­age op­tion of coal and non– coal sec­tor, im­port sub­sti­tu­tion through ra­tio­nal­iza­tion of link­age as also CIL’S com­mit­ment on qual­ity. He, how­ever, ex­pressed con­cern on de­clin­ing PLF. He stressed on a trans­par­ent Dis­tri­bu­tion Pol­icy Frame­work. Ear­lier in his Wel­come Address, Ramesh Agar­wal, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of the Cham­ber said that In­dia to reach the am­bi­tious tar­get of 1.5 BT of do­mes­tic coal pro­duc­tion by 2020, the fo­cus would have to be on max­i­mum pro­duc­tion ef­fi­ciency as also huge in­vest­ments in coal, power, steel, ce­ment and in­fra­struc­ture. Suc­cess of UDAY bonds would also be cru­cial as also con­trol on de­pen­dence on im­ports. The Sem­i­nar ended with a hearty Vote of Thanks by Shri Vishal Jha­jharia, Vice Pres­i­dent of the Cham­ber.

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