Raipur: The Union Minister of Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi presented the "Coal Minister's Award-2020" at a function held in New Delhi on Thursday besides launching CIL's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) - 'Project Passion', which will help the company grow with improved data integrity and enhanced data integrity.
These awards have been instituted to promote the best and sustainable practices in coal mining in the country. At the event, Joshi also awarded NCL for outstanding performance in coal production and productivity, while CCL and WCL won the awards for adopting the best protection systems and sustainable mining respectively.
Joshi said that coal is and will remain the lifeline of India's energy aspirations. India is moving forward on the goal of becoming self-sufficient in coal production by following all standards of safety and sustainable development. These awards have been instituted to promote these values. I congratulate all the winners and I believe that in the coming times, coal companies will set even higher standards of productivity, safety and sustainable mining.
ERP will be implemented in two phases in Coal India. The first phase launched on Thursday covered CIL headquarters and two subsidiaries - WCL and MCL. In the second phase starting in August this year, the remaining 6 subsidiaries will be covered.
Joshi further said that the implementation of ERP will help CIL to take timely (real-time) decisions, increase productivity and reduce costs. This will help CIL to achieve 1 billion tonnes of coal production target by fiscal year 2023-24 and become one of the most productive mining companies in today's constantly changing energy scenario.
He said that I am happy that the coal companies are moving fast on the first mile connectivity projects, which will improve the process of coal extraction and help in ending road transport of coal and conserving the environment. Also, this will not only increase transparency, but will also ease the lives of people living around the mining sector.
With the launch of Krishnashila CHP, Coal India has successfully started operation of 3 FMC projects with a combined capacity of 30 MTPA. The other two projects, each with a combined capacity of 26 MTPA, are in SECL and MCL, which have been in operation since February and April last year respectively. The remaining 32 FMC projects are in various stages of completion. All these projects will be started before the end of the financial year 2023-24. Currently CIL handles mechanized handling of coal over 150 MTPA. After the completion of all these 35 FMC projects, the company's mechanized coal handling capacity will increase to 550 MTPA.