The combined investment of two projects initiated today comes to Rs 1190 crore. Dhoptala Opencast Mine of Ballarpur Area will have a capacity of 2.50 Million Ton coal per year and involves a cost of Rs.720. 87 crore. The open cast mine having a reserve of 53.11 MT coal will be providing 795 employment opportunity directly and the land area requirement for the project comes to 1257.46 Ha.
The first mile connectivity project of Wani Area will have capacity of eight million ton per year and involves investment of Rs.471 crore for different segments of it. Some of the advantages of this particular projects includes; average reduction in coal road transportation by over 12km, substantial reduction in carbon & CO2 emission and diesel consumption over conventional loading by tipper/pay loader.
Joining the function, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari urged the Coal Ministry and Coal India Ltd to avoid the present delay in obtaining land and approval from other departments for starting of new coal mines.
Addressing the function Minister of State for Coal, Mines and Railways Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve called upon Coal India Ltd and Western Coalfields Ltd to attain the set targets of coal production for this financial year and smooth supply to the power sector. Secretary, Ministry of Coal, CMD, Coal India Ltd and CMD, Western Coalfields Ltd also addressed the function.