Coal India (CIL), which has been clocking negative growth in production during this fiscal, has been able to neutralise it for the first time. The production of 265.69 million tonne (mt) recorded on October 20 has come at level with last year’s output on the same date.
The company posted a marginal 0.04 mt increase in volume terms, thanks to a catalytic role by Mahanadi Coalfields and Northern Coalfields, which produced 71.7 mt and 60 mt as of October 20 – an increase by 9.61 mt and 3.15 mt, respectively, on a year-on-year basis, a CIL statement said.
CIL began posting strong growth in production and offtake from August and recorded the highest-ever production and offtake growth in September, clocking 31.6% and 31.7%, respectively. In October, CIL recorded around 20% growth in output and 24.3% in offtake.
Now on, ramping up coal production would not be a problem, especially with coal seams exposed. Over-burden removal grew phenomenally at 71% in September and 22.3% during the first half of the fiscal, a senior company executive said.
The first quarter of the fiscal suffered 11.6% growth constriction in production and 21.5% slump in offtake. Considering this huge setback, the company came back strongly, expunging the negative trend in output on October 20.