State-owned miner Coal India Limited (CIL) has issued 35 tenders for transportation of coal from its mine pitheads to despatch points. The estimated investment expected is Rs 12,500 crore, said the company in a statement.
The handling capacity of these 35 projects will be 406 million tonnes per year (MTPA). Each of these mining projects have production capacity of 4 MTPA and above. The expenditure would be met out of the company’s capital expenditure, CIL’s statement said.
Coal Handling Plants (CHPs) and Silos for rapid loading system would also be commissioned across six of its subsidiaries, under the tenders, CIL said. These will have additional facilities of crushing and sizing of coal and speedy computerised loading.
“Another upside is that with the reduced manual intervention, precise pre-weighed quantity of coal can be loaded. It also spurs loading of better quality coal,” statement by the company said.
“Under mechanized transportation, coal would be moved through piped conveyor belt mode promoting cleaner environment. With reduced movement of coal laden trucks on roads it brings down dust pollution to the comfort of people residing in the proximity of the mines.