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Updated on: Tuesday, October 05, 2021, 04:10 PM IST

Govt urges CIL to focus on limiting CO2 emission, explore prospects in EVs

Coal India accounts for over 80 percent of domestic coal output/ Representative Image | |

Coal India accounts for over 80 percent of domestic coal output/ Representative Image | |

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The government has urged state-owned Coal India (CIL) to enhance and explore business prospects in segments like electric vehicles and charging pods.

"CIL must diversify its business and explore prospects in sunrise industries electric charging pods, EVs etc," according to Coal Ministry's agenda for 2021-22.

It further said that CIL has plans to diversify considering the future restriction on carbon emission which is inevitable. CIL has chosen new business area for diversification where carbon emission is minimum. The business areas for diversification considered includes solar wafer manufacturing, solar power generation, surface coal gasification and coal bed methane, among others, it said.

Coal India accounts for over 80 per cent of domestic coal output. The PSU is eyeing one billion tonnes of coal output by 2023-24. The firm will pump in over Rs 1.22 lakh crore on projects related to coal evacuation, exploration and clean coal technologies by 2023-24, to achieve 1 billion tonnes of fuel output target, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi had earlier said.

Out of the proposed spend of over 1.22 lakh crore, Coal India has planned to invest Rs 32,696 crore on coal evacuation, Rs 25,117 crore on mine infrastructure and Rs 29,461 crore on project development by 2023-24, the minister had said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Published on: Tuesday, October 05, 2021, 04:10 PM IST
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