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Coal India suffered 116 MT output loss due to delays in projects: CAG

According to CAG, the state-run miner could not match with the rate of increase in coal production due to delays in execution of augmentation of projects on account of "lack of coordinated and planned approach by various government agencies involved in statutory clearances and land execution

 
New Delhi: The world's largest miner Coal India (CIL) suffered production losses to the tune of 116 million tonnes (MT) on account of delays in execution of new projects, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said in Friday, reports PTI.
 
Delays ranging from one to 12 years in execution of 32 projects under different subsidiaries of CIL entailed "loss of production by 115.95 MT," the CAG said in its report on "Allocation of Coal Blocks and Augmentation of Coal Production" tabled in Parliament today.
 
The delays, it said, pertained to "problems of land acquisition, forest clearance, adverse geo-mining condition, tender finalisation for equipment of and construction of Coal Handling Plant (CHP) and railway siding," it said.
 
CAG observed that delays took place despite an expert committee emphasising way back in 2005 the need for setting up of a permanent special task force to monitor progress of clearances and project implementation of schemes to be completed by the end of 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12).
 
"In order to bridge the demand-supply gap of coal, new coal projects are required to be completed in a time bound manner," it said.
 
However, the Coal Ministry stated in January 2012 that "response from Ministry of Environment and Forest is awaited."
 
Noting that CIL could not match with the rate of increase in coal production due to delays in execution of augmentation of projects on account of "lack of coordinated and planned approach by various government agencies involved in statutory clearances and land execution," CAG asked CIL to fix output targets in line with the targets by the Planning Commission.
 
State-run Coal India is the largest domestic producer of dry-fuel and accounts for over 80% of the total domestic production.
 

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anantha ramdas

5 years ago

Coal India has several problems to handle. Media reports indicate that more than 100 of their proposals are collecting dust in the form of hurdles and clearances from State as well as the Ministry of Environment and Forests. On the top of these, there is one vital issue of transportation logistics - of coal lying at pitheads that can not move due to inadequate rail movements.

There are no exclusive or dedicated corridors. While everyone is talking about this major issue, what is striking is the cold silence from the Railway Ministry. They have hardly responded and no one really knows what is happening. Unless, of course, the Minister concerned is awaiting Didi Mammata to clear him to comment on the situation.

This is a sad state of affairs of the Railway Ministry. Public need to know what Railway ministry's plans are in these difficult circumstances.

Coal India's CMD Narasing Rao, perhaps, does not want to say on the issue because he does not want to upset the folks in the top in the Rail ministry and jeopardize his transport logistics!

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Government bans bulk SMSes, MMSes for next 15 days across country

For next 15 days, no one will be able to send more than five SMSes in one go and more than 20 KB of data through mobile phones due to the ban in India

 
New Delhi: To check spread of rumours which has led to exodus of north eastern people from certain states, the Indian government banned from Friday bulk short message service (SMSes) and multimedia messaging services (MMSes) for 15 days across the country, reports PTI.
 
"We have banned bulk SMSes and MMSes for 15 days," Union Home Secretary RK Singh told PTI.
 
The decision was taken after reports of widespread circulation of SMSes and MMSes containing misleading information about Assam violence, threats to people of north-eastern origin living in other parts of the country and doctored videos.
 
The Home Ministry has asked Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to implement the order through the telecom operators.
 
From today onwards, no one will be able to send more than five SMSes in one go and more than 20 KB of data through mobile phones during the ban period.
 
The ban came into force after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that spread of rumours by miscreants had led to people belonging to the north east to flee from Bangalore, Pune and some other parts of the country.
 
Noting that the guilty should be brought to book, the Prime Minister said that at stake was not just unity and integrity of the country, but also communal harmony.
 
"Any miscreant fanning rumours should be brought to book," he said.
 

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