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Government of India
Ministry of Coal
07-March-2018 14:50 IST
Coal Reserves

The total estimated coal resources in the country is 315.149 billion tonnes as per “The inventory of Geological Resources of Indian Coal” (as on 01.04.2017), prepared by the Geological Survey of India. The total coal extracted from the coalfields of India during 2016-17 is 655.31 million tonnes and since 1950 upto 2016-17 is around 14438.22 million tonne. (As per Coal Controller, MoC, Govt. of India). Every year about 3 to 5 billion tonnes of resources are being added through fresh exploration to the Coal Inventory of India.

STATEWISE GEOLOGICAL RESOURCES OF COAL IN INDIA AS ON 01.04.2017

(AS per GSI Inventory)

 

           

 

Category-wise Coal Resources (in Million Tonnes)

 

STATE

Measured(Proved)

Indicated

Inferred

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 WEST BENGAL

13723

12954

4990

31667

 

 BIHAR

0

0

1354

1354

 

 JHARKHAND

44341

31876

6223

82440

 

  MADHYA PRADESH

11269

12760

3645

27673

 

 CHHATTISGARH

19997

34462

2202

56661

 

 UTTAR PRADESH

884

178

0

1062

 

 MAHARASHTRA

7038

3158

2063

12259

 

 ORISSA

34810

34060

8415

77285

 

 ANDHRA PRADESH

0

1149

432

1581

 

TELANGANA

10402

8542

2520

21464

 

 SIKKIM

0

58

43

101

 

 ASSAM

465

57

3

525

 

 ARUNACHAL PRADESH

31

40

19

90

 

 MEGHALYA

89

17

471

576

 

 NAGALAND

9

0

402

410

 

 GRAND TOTAL

143058

139311

32780

315149

 
                 

 

 

Year wise annual coal offtake/supply for the last three years is as follows:

 

Year

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Offtake(Mt.)*

603.772

632.442

650.319(Prov.)

 

Source-Coal Statistics of CCO)

            Based on the coal demand projected by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Coal, project reports (PRs)/ Mining Plans are prepared for optimal development of the coal block with the available mining technology suitable for the block. The list of project reports prepared by CMPDI for the subsidiaries of Coal India Limited during last 3 years is enclosed as Annexure.

The issue of Coal Regulatory Authority has to be examined keeping in view the legislative developments that took place after the cancellation of the coal blocks allocated through the Screening Committee route since 1993 by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in 2014. The decision in the matter is yet to be taken.

 

            As an alternative energy source, the Government has up-scaled the target of Renewable Energy capacity to 175 GW by the year 2022, which includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from Bio-power and 5 GW from Small Hydro power. So far a total of 64.31 GW capacity has been installed through the implementation of various renewable energy schemes/ programmes upto 31st January 2018 which includes 32.88 GW from Wind, 18.45 GW from Solar, 8.53 GW from Bio-power and 4.45 GW from Small Hydro Power. To promote the production of renewable energy through various schemes/programmes, the Government has taken various steps which  inter alia includes:-

  1. Announced a cumulative target of 175 GW renewable energy based electric installed capacity by 2022.
  2. Issued guidelines for procurement of solar and wind power through tariff based competitive bidding process.
  3. Declared Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) up to the year 2018-19.
  4. Declare Renewable Generation Obligation on new coal/lignite based thermal plants.
  5. Notified National Offshore Wind Energy Policy.
  6. Notified policy for Repowering of Wind Power Projects.
  7. Notified standards for deployment of solar photovoltaic systems/devices.
  8. Issued order for waiving the Inter State Transmission System charges and losses for inter-state sale of solar and wind power for projects to be commissioned by March 2019.

This information was made available in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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