Infra Integrated, Online Coordinated Efforts with Prime Minister Gati Shakti to Increase Coal Production, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

New Delhi: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry said on Friday that integrated infrastructure and coordinated efforts in line with Prime Minister Gati Shakti’s national master plan would help increase coal production in the country. The issue was discussed at a meeting, hosted under the chairmanship of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, to discuss Coal India Ltd’s mission to produce one billion tonnes of coal by 2025-2026.

In October, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a Rs 100 lakh crore National Master Plan (NMP) for multimodal connectivity that aims to develop infrastructure to reduce logistics costs and boost the economy.

Coal remains India’s primary household fuel as well as the largest commodity transported across the country, the ministry said in a statement.

“According to Prime Minister Gati Shakti, the development of integrated infrastructure with coordinated efforts of all infrastructure ministries is at the heart of a further increase in coal production and disposal capacity through multimodal connectivity” , did he declare.

As discussed at the meeting, rail remains the dominant mode of disposal for coal with the goal of increasing its modal share from 64% to 75% by fiscal year 2030.

To respond to the increased shipment of coal to Chhattisgarh and Odisha, 14 railway infrastructure projects are being implemented in accordance with Gati Shakti principles.

He said the Ministry of Railways has developed the Freight Operations Information System to monitor the movement of freight trains, which also calculates freight and other charges.

A similar facility called the Port Community System (PCS) was developed by the Ministry of Port Navigation and Waterways to provide a platform for secure information exchange between government agencies, terminal operators and traders.

In addition, with the advent of PM Gati Shakti NMP, the status and type of roads (national highways / state highways / rural roads / PMGSY roads) describing the connectivity of the first and last mile of coal mines will be also accessible to the Ministry of Coal and the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways to take the necessary measures of integration and capacity building, “he added.

The plan, he said, will comprehensively examine the interventions needed to reduce the logistical costs of coal removal and thus lead to efficiency gains in the coal sector. PTI RR HRS hours


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