New Delhi: The government agreed to a proposal for the continuation of the "Exploration of Coal and Lignite" scheme for three years, with an expected expenditure of Rs 1,875 crore. The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the decision to approve the proposal. Under the scheme, around 7 billion tonnes of resources will be established and 11 billion tonnes of resources will be proved.
In order to create an incessant supply of coal The CCEA carried out 24,41,500 meters of drilling and 3575 line km (LKM) of surface geophysical survey for promotional (Regional) exploration and Detailed drilling in the non-Coal India block in coal and lignite along with coal-bed methane/shale gas studies and associated studies to estimate and prove coal resources during the three year period, an official statement said. Under the scheme, around 7 billion tonnes of resources will be set up while 11 billion tonnes of resources will be proved, the statement said.
Rigorous exploration in non-coal areas The Exploration for coal and lignite is needed to estimate and prove the resources available in the country. "Exploration for Coal and Lignite Scheme" is a continuing Central Sector Scheme from previous plans and scope of the work has not been modified. The scheme for exploration for coal & lignite should continue beyond the XII Plan to bring additional coal resources to the national coal/ lignite inventory of the country,” the release added.