TOI reported that Central Coalfields Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, is working on the plan to open 4 new mines in the state with a total production capacity of around 38 million tonne per annum in the current fiscal.

The 4 mines which the company is planning to open are Magadh, Amrapali, Konar and Birsa in North Urimari. Production capacity of Magadh will be around 20 MTPA and that of Amrapali around 12 MTPA. Production from Konar and Birsa mines will be around 3.5 MTPA and 3 MTPA respectively. At present the company has 59 operational mines including 18 underground and 41 opencast in different parts of Jharkhand with total production capacity of more than 50 MTPA.

Mr Gopal Singh CMD of CCL said that the company has got all statutory clearances including that from Union forest and environment ministry. We are trying our best to start the mines at the earliest. Most modern technology and equipment will be used in the mines to ensure maximum production and minimum pollution.

Mr Singh said that the management is working on a plan to reach zero stock at the mines to check fire in coal yard and pilferage. There was a time when huge stocks of coal remained piled at the mines and there were complaints of fire and pilferage. We have taken initiative and reduced coal stocks from 16.32 MT to 4.82 MT. We are closely monitoring coal dispatch and are working to bring coal stocks to zero. In the future we will transport whatever will be mined.