State-owned Coal India Limited (CIL) allocated 37.21 million tonnes of coal during the April-February period of FY20-21 under spot e-auction scheme, registering a year-on-year increase of 36.3 per cent. Coal India Ltd (CIL) had allocated 27.30 MT of coal in the April-February period of FY 2019-20, according to Coal India’s data.
In the month of February 2021 alone, fuel allocation by CIL under the scheme increased to 4.41 million tonnes, from over 3.31 million tonnes in the corresponding month of 2019-20.
Coal distribution through e-auction was introduced with a view to provide access to coal for such buyers who are not able to source the dry fuel through the available institutional mechanism, according to CIL website. The purpose of e-auction is to provide equal opportunity to all intending buyers for purchasing coal through single window service. Coal India accounts for over 80 per cent of domestic coal output.
Coal India has projected its coal output to touch one billion tonnes by 2023-24. State-owned CIL will pump in over Rs 1.22 lakh crore on projects related to coal evacuation, exploration and clean coal technologies by 2023-24, to achieve 1 billion tonnes of fuel output target, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi had said recently.
Out of the proposed investment of over Rs 1.22 lakh crore, CIL has planned to invest Rs 32,696 crore on coal evacuation, Rs 25,117 crore on mine infrastructure and Rs 29,461 crore on project development by 2023-24, the minister had said.
He had further added that the state-owned company will also invest Rs 32,199 crore on diversification and clean coal technologies, Rs 1,495 crore on social infrastructure and Rs 1,893 crore on exploration works.