COAL & MINES

Former CIL chief asks govt not to do away with mandatory coal washing

Former Coal India chairman Partha S Bhattacharyya has asked the Centre to withdraw a proposal to do away with mandatory coal washing as it would be a “retrograde” step.

He flagged that the inability of the PSU to implement its promise of supplying washed coal has led to the  erosion of around Rs 1.25 lakh crore in market valuation in 10 years to 2019-20. The Centre is planning to do away with the mandatory requirement of washing of coal before it is transported to thermal power stations.

In 2014, as part of its climate change commitments, the government had made coal washing mandatory for supply to all thermal units beyond 500 km from the coal mine.

This was done in line with the country”s stand in climate change negotiations – not to reduce coal consumption and rather focus on emission control.

“The government is considering a proposal to do away with earlier restrictions of coal washing for dry fuel moving by 500 km or more or for the fuel consumed in and around any city,” Bhattacharyya said.

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