Coal India Limited (CIL) has issued orders for seven coal projects to be developed by mine developer and operators (MDOs).
Of the seven projects, three belong to CIL’s subsidiary Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) and two belong to Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL). Meanwhile, South Eastern Coalfields Limited and Eastern Coalfield Limited account for one project each. CIL is set to invest Rs 206 billion in land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement issues, and railway sidings. It is tracking a total of 15 new coal projects to mine coal through MDOs. The MDOs will excavate, extract and deliver coal to the companies as per the approved mining plan. Ownership of the mines and coal and the right to sell coal rests with CIL. This engagement with MDOs via open global tenders aims to augment domestic coal production and reduce reliance on imports.