The Ministry of Coal is in the process of enhancing coal production to ambitious target of 1.23 billion tonne (bt) by 2024-25 (including Coal India Limited (CIL) and non-CIL coal blocks) to ensure energy security of the country.
In order to support the vision, CIL has adopted an integrated planning approach by strengthening evacuation infrastructure for one bt production and seamless transportation of coal to the end users. North Karanpura Coalfield is a major coalfield in Jharkhand state, falling within the command of Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) having coal resource of about 19 bt. CCL has projected production contribution of about 135 million tonne (mt) by 2024-25, out of which about 85 mt is likely to be produced from North Karanpura Coalfield from several greenfield/brownfield coal mining projects, like Amrapali (25 mt), Magadh (51 mt), Chandragupta (15 mt), Sanghmitra (20 mt), etc. Presently, coal evacuation from the North Karanapura coalfield is covered by Barkakana-Daltonganj branch railway line of the East Central Railway connecting Gomoh and Dehri-on-Son via Barkakana loop. Additional railway line has been created by CCL, i.e. Tori – Shivpur (44.37 km) double railway line. The development of third line on the same alignment is under construction at an additional capital of Rs 8.94 billion, which is likely to be operationalised by May2023. Further, Shivpur-Kathautia, new rail line of 49km, has been envisaged and is being constructed through formation of project specific special purpose vehicle, which will provide another exit for coal evacuation via Koderma to the trunk railway line from Howrah to Delhi. Construction of Tori-Shivpur-Kathautia Rail line envisaged by Ministry of Coal under PM – Gati Shakati initiative is likely to provide coal evacuation capacity of about 125 mt by rail and play major role in eliminating coal transportation by road.