Indian state-run cola producer Coal India (CIL) is set to offer seven open cast mines to mine developer-cum-operators (MDOs) by the end of 2013 as part of its efforts to boost coal production in the country.
The seven coal mines have a total coal production capacity of about 25 million tons.
The allocation of 14 additional blocks for power and three for mining are expected to be concluded soon, according to The Economic Times.
Coal Minister Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal told the publication that the company is facing difficult challenges in meeting peaking energy requirements.
"Coal being the main stay of our energy most of the additional generation capacities are being planned and implemented on the basis of this fuel," added Jaiswal.
"It has been our constant endeavor to step up the domestic coal production in order to meet the growing needs of our economy."
For the year 2012-2013, the overall coal production has increased by 17.5 million tons, of which nearly 16.4 million tons were accounted from CIL. In addition, the company has also recorded a growth of 1.3% in production, 1.8% in off-take and 7.4% in coal supply to the power sector during April-May 2013.