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Coal reserves update

As per the latest National Inventory on Indian Coal Resources published by Geological Survey of India, as on 01.04.2010, the total coal resources assessed are about 276.81 billion tonnes. Of this, 106 billion tonnes or about 40% are proved reserves.

In spite of the ministry claiming that there are sufficient reserves of coal, in actual terms, coal imports are resorted to by Steel Plants due to limited availability of coking coal in the country both quantitatively and qualitatively.

Non-coking coal is imported by Power Plants and Industries including sponge iron for reasons of environmental regulations, locational advantages and for meeting their requirement above the level of supply received from indigenous sources.

During the review on enhancing coal production, the minister of coal said that the sector is facing hurdles in taking up new projects and continuing the ongoing projects mainly on account of delays in obtaining forest clearances, environmental clearances, land acquisition related rehabilitation & other clearances from State Governments.

Source: PIB

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