Demand of Coal
The demand for coal during the year 2011-12 as assessed during the Mid-Term Appraisal carried out by the Planning Commission in September, 2009 is 713.24 MT against which the estimated domestic coal production during 2011-12 would be 591.78 MT. This information was given by the Minister of State for Coal (Independent Charge) Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal, in a written reply to a question the Rajya Sabha today.
The Minister said that as coal is on Open General License (OGL), the stakeholders, both in the public sector and private sector, are free to import coal. For meeting partly the shortfall in the requirement of power utilities, CIL has initiated action for importing 6 MT of coal for the current year (2010-11).
He further said that as many as 142 projects have been identified to be taken up during the XI plan. Out of these, 77 projects with an ultimate capacity of 184.78 MT. and capital outlay of Rs. 11234.46 crores have already been sanctioned and are under various stages of implementation. The balance 65 projects with an estimated capacity of 195.44 MT and estimated capital outlay of Rs. 25,486.93 crores are under various stages of approval / formulation. These projects are likely to contribute about 118 Mt during the terminal year of the XI plan i.e. 2011-12.