New Delhi: Coal India has identified 14 projects involving capital expenditure of more than Rs 3,400 crore under the 'first mile connectivity' initiative to upgrade transport facility at mines, the Maharatna PSU said on Monday. Coal India is replacing road transport of coal from pitheads to despatch points with mechanised systems like conveyer belts to decrease the transportation time. It had announced 35 projects under the first phase of the initiative of which two are operational.
"Four coal companies of CIL (Coal India Ltd) together will infuse a tentative capital of over Rs 3,400 crore in these projects that have a total of 100.5 million tonnes/year capacity," an official statement said.
Of the 14 projects in the phase II, Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL) accounts for five with 62.5 million tonnes per annum capacity. Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd with a solitary project has 20 million tonnes per annum capacity. Eastern Coalfields Ltd has seven projects and South Eastern Coalfields Ltd has one project with a capacity of 14 million tonnes per annum and four million tonnes per annum, respectively, the statement said.
Tenders for these different projects will be floated beginning August this year till next two years.
"Coal India aims to replace the existing road transport between pitheads and despatch points and switch over to a seamless mechanised coal transport through conveyor belts which is a covered system for movement of coal reducing the dust pollution. It will also have the added benefit of computer-aided loading of railway wagons," said the statement.
Under Phase I, the coal miner had earlier zeroed in on 35 projects, each having four million tonnes per annum capacity and above, from six of its subsidiaries with a capital of Rs 12,300 crore. Their combined project capacity is 406 million tonnes per annum.
The 49 projects under both the phases will have a total of 506.5 million tonnes per annnum capacity.
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