New Railway projects to boost SECL’s Coal loading exercise: opines B R Reddy, CMD/SECL

RAIPUR: Union Minister for Coal and Railways Piyush Goyal chaired a high-level meeting of the officials of South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL) and South East Central Railway (SECR) in Raipur on Monday.

SECL CMD B R Reddy in the meeting informed that the company has targetted to produce 153.8 million tonnes of coal during 2017-18 with the target to take coal production to 239.6 million tonnes in 2019-20.

He also informed that SECL’s coal loading exercise would be greatly benefitted with completion of East Corridor Phase-I and II and East-West corridor.

Reddy said that since August 1, 2017 till date, the company has supplied additional 500 rakes of coal to Non Power Sector consumers.

He said that besides power plants in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, SECL has provided additional coal to power plants in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Meanwhile, SECL had approved Rs  11.24 crores for building a total of four student hostels at Bijapur and Bhairamgarh in Chhattisgarh.

Two hostels each will be built at Bijapur and Bhairamgarh, officials informed. Notably, Coal India Ltd (CIL) recorded offtake of 10.13 million tonnes (MT) of coal from its flagship subsidiary SECL against the target of 10.60 MT during September this year.

The offtake of coal by Coal India Ltd from SECL had seen 15.8 per cent jump (provisional) at 60.99 million tonnes (MT) during April-August 2017, officials informed.

The coal offtake target during the period was 58.79 MT.

SECL achieved total production of 28.178 million tonnes (MT) of coal from its open cast (OC) mines during April-June period of the current financial year.

SECL also excavated 125.45 million tonnes (MT) of coal from its mines during the last five year period (2012-13 to 2016-17) from its Open Cast mines, the latest SECL data has revealed.

Notably, CIL had recorded offtake of coal from its largest subsidiary SECL at 124.34 million tonnes between April2015 to February2016. This was against the target of 123.89 million tonnes (MT) which was a growth of 11.1 per cent.