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CIL shifts focus away from underground mining

CIL is eyeing to open one mine every month with a total production capacity of around 30 million tonnes per annum

Avishek Rakshit  |  Kolkata 

Coal India (CIL), the world's largest coal miner, seems to have lost its emphasis on underground mines whose production as well as mine productivity has declined over the past decade. Instead, CIL's production results indicate a focus on upping the mine productivity and increasing the production contribution of opencast mines to the consolidated output from 86.66% in 2005-06 to 93.73% in 2015-16.    CIL, through its subsidiary Western Coalfields, is eyeing to open one mine every month with a total production capacity of around 30 million tonnes (mt) per annum, to ...

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First Published: Fri, December 02 2016. 00:46 IST
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