Despite the concerns of competing with private players, Coal India is gearing up to maintain its leading position. Amid concerns regarding privatisation of Indian coal mines, Coal India will continue to remain a dominant player, Union Coal and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi told ETNow in an interview. “I’m quite confident that coal India will achieve their target,” said Prahlad Joshi. According to him, the consumption is currently less in India and by 2025, the consumption is expected to reach 1,500 million tonnes of Indian coal. Therefore, Coal India has also set an ambitious target of producing 1 billion tonnes in the next four year.
While the majority of demand (around 67 per cent) will be fulfilled by Coal India, Prahlad Joshi believes that someone needs to bridge the remaining demand and that is where the private players come in.