New Delhi: Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI) is not going to be separated from Coal India Limited (CIL). In a statement, Coal India Limited (CIL) said that CMPDI is an integral part of CIL and will not be separated from it. CMPDI is an in-house planner and guide for CIL’s coal-producing companies and will play an important role in pursuing the target of producing one billion tonnes of coal by 2023-24 by the coal behemoth.
During the financial years 2019-20, CMPDI, the consultancy arm of CIL added 7.8 BT of coal resources, highest ever coal resources estimated by CMPDI in a year since its inception, through detailed exploration covering an area of about 292 sq. km through the preparation of 25 geological reports. In addition to this, about 9.75 billion tonnes of new resources were estimated through promotional (regional) exploration covering an area of about 140 sq. km through six geological reports. CMPDI has carried out 12.94 lakh metres of drilling under detailed exploration and 1.16 lakh metres of drilling under promotional (regional) exploration during the FY 2019-2020.
Additionally, 32 project reports were prepared in FY 2019-20 by the consultancy company with capacity addition of about 178 million tonnes per year. CMPDI also played a pivotal role in providing technical consultancy to 35 First Mile Connectivity projects of CIL meant for environment-friendly mechanised handling and dispatch of coal apart from various other activities.
CMPDI, a Miniratna PSU and fully-owned subsidiary of CIL, headquartered at Ranchi has seven strategically located Regional Institutes at Asansol, Dhanbad, Ranchi, Nagpur, Bilaspur, Singrauli and Bhubaneswar for catering to the consultancy requirements of each of the coal-producing subsidiaries of CIL. Its business functions include consultancy and support under one roof for mineral exploration, mine planning and design, infrastructure engineering, environmental management, coal preparation, research and development mining and management systems, especially to the mineral, mining and allied sectors, both within and outside the coal industry and country.
CMPDI also assists the Ministry of Coal and Planning Commission for strategic decisions related to the coal-sector at the national level. It also maintains inventories of coal deposits, coal mining potential, operations, etc. Functioning as a nodal agency on behalf of the government of India, CMPDI does exploration work in non-CIL blocks, monitors research and development (R&D) activities under the S&T funding by the Ministry of Coal and R&D funding by CIL. It also has the CBM Clearing House established at HQ Ranchi and funded by the USEPA of USA and CIL. It also liaisons between the ministry, CIL and CIL’s coal-producing companies on technical and operational matters.
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