On Saturday, CMPDIL & IIT-KGP signed a memorandum of understanding for a period of two years wherein CMPDI will entrust IIT-KGP with 3000 m of coal-cores annually to carry out different analytical tests to determine the quality of coal samples for incorporating in geological reports.
Additionally, the center will pay CMPDIL Rs 1,240 crore between 2019 and 2021 for expediting exploration on blocks that would be auctioned to commercial coal miners. This year CMPDIL Is expected to add 16 billion tonnes of proven reserves to the national resource base this year by March 2020.
The plan is to offer fully explored blocks on auctions to commercial miners, the centre has decided to nearly treble monetary allocation to the Coal India arm so that it can increase its exploration acreages multiples times,” a senior Coal India executive said.
Prior to 2019, the centre used to provide between Rs 200 crore and Rs 250 crore for exploration of non-Coal India blocks. Following opening up of commercial coal mining the coal ministry decided to more than double it during 2019-20 to Rs 540 crore. For 2020-21, the allocation has been increased nearly three times to Rs 700 crore.
Proven resources of coal in India has increased from 21 billion tonne in 1976 to 156 billion tonnes in 2019 which is mainly due the efforts of CMPDI. Six billion tonnes of coal were added to the proven category through preparation of 12 geological reports till December, 2019 and it is estimated that another 10 billion tonnes of coal will be added to this category covering an area of about 350 square kilometers during 2019-20.
A total of 188 reports has also been prepared, during the year till December 2019, including 12 geological reports, 32 coal mining project reports and 42 draft environment mine planning.