Coal India to shut down 37 unviable mines: Vivek Bharadwaj, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Coal

18 April, 2017

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Coal India will close 37 unviable mines this year. This was said by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Coal – Vivek Bharadwaj at ASSOCHAM’s Conference on Coal in India in New Delhi. The Secretary added that the time was ripe for commercial coal mining to be introduced in India.

Addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest, MP and Member, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy – Harish Dwivedi said that as an aspiring superpower India must strive to fulfil the basic needs of its people.

 Also, present on the occasion was the Convener of the Energy Cell of the Bharatiya Janta Party – Narendra Taneja, who observed that Coal was the key to India’s energy security. He also stressed on the need of a strategy for sustainable use of coal.   

The event also witnessed discussions on issues such as Coal Perspectives, Infrastructure, Latest trends, and Coal Auctioning. Prominent dignitaries that participated in the conference included Managing Director and Chairman of ACB India Ltd - Captain R S Sindhu; ED – Planning, Ministry of Railways – Devendra Singh; Head of Research Group, RQA Division, Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research – Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh; Associate Director, KPMG – Shatanshu Agrawal, Former General Manager , CBM, ONGC – P N Hajra; Secretary General of ASSOCHAM – D. S. Rawat; Chairman of the ASSOCHAM National Council on Coal – Vinay Prakash Goel and Senior Managing Committee Member, ASSOCHAM – H S Chhatwal, besides others