(The Gist of PIB) Coal India Arm Western Coalfields opens 3 new coal mines  [JUNE-2020]

(The Gist of PIB) Coal India Arm Western Coalfields opens 3 new coal mines


 Coal India Arm Western Coalfields opens 3 new coal mines

  • Coal India Subsidiary Western Coalfields Ltd (WCL) opened 3 new coal mines in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh having combined annual production capacity of 2.9 million tonnes (MT).


  • The company will infuse total capital expenditure (Capex) of Rs. 849 crores on these projects and generate direct employment for 647 persons.
  • WCL has to produce 75 MT of coal by the financial year of 2023-24 and opening of these mines will certainly add to the efforts of the company reaching this milestone and will help Coal India achieve the target of 1 billion tonnes (BT) coal production by the financial year of 2023-24.
  • The three mines which WCL has opened, are
  • Adasa Mine, an underground to open cast mine, in Nagpur Area of Maharashtra,
  • Sharda underground Mine in Kanhan Area and
  • Dhankasa underground mine in Pench Area of Madhya Pradesh.

WCL EYE surveillance System:

  • The company launched a surveillance System named ‘WCL EYE’ to monitor operations of 15 major mines of the company round the clock. It will also help monitor coal stocks.
  • WCL has launched “Mission 100 Days” a roadmap to achieve targets for the current fiscal. This mission will also help the company accomplish mid and long-term goals. The company’s coal production and offtake target for the current fiscal is 62 MT.


  • It also launched an App named SAMVAAD to connect with its employees and stakeholders on this occasion.


  • The company has already opened 20 new and expansion projects in the last 6 years with over Rs. 5300 crores of capital expenditure and 5250 direct employment to land losers.
  • WCL had produced 57.64 MT of Coal in financial year 2019-20, up over 8% in comparison to the last fiscal.


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