NEW DELHI, July 17: The government plans to auction
more than 41 new coal blocks “very shortly”, Union minister
Prahlad Joshi said on Wednesday.
He told the Lok Sabha that a number of important steps
have been taken to augment and monitor coal dispatches to
In 2018-19, all commodities loading by the Indian
Railways was 1,223.29 million tonnes, out of which coal
loading was 605.82 MT, which is almost 50 per cent, the Coal
and Mines minister said.
A committee, comprising coal and power secretaries, and
Member (Traffic) of Railway Board reviews coal transportation
and supply on a regular basis.
Responding to supplementary queries during the Question
Hour, Joshi said, “we are going to auction more than 41 new
coal blocks very shortly”.
He also said that coal production as well as demands are
increasing in the country. (PTI)