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67 connectivity projects likely to complete by 2027: Coal Min, ET Infra

NEW DELHI: As many as 67 first-mile connectivity (FMC) projects are expected to be completed by 2027, an official statement said on Friday. First-mile connectivity refers to the transportation of coal from pitheads to dispatch points.

At a review meeting chaired by M Nagaraju, Additional Secretary, to assess the progress of FMC projects of coal companies, the ministry reviewed 67 FMC projects — Coal India (59), SCCL (5) and NLCIL (3) — with a capacity to load 885 MT coal per annum. These projects will be completed by 2027, according to a statement.

To ensure efficient and environment-friendly coal evacuation, the government is working on the development of the National Coal Logistic Plan, including first-mile connectivity through railway sidings near coal mines and strengthening of the rail network in coalfields.

The coal ministry has set a target to produce 1.31 billion tonnes (BT) of coal by FY25 and 1.5 BT in FY30. In this context, the development of coal transportation that is cost-efficient, fast and environmentally friendly is important.

  • Published On May 5, 2023 at 05:20 PM IST

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