Domestic coal production was 7.10 percent greater year-on-year at 76.26 million tonnes (MT) in May this year. India manufactured 71.21 MT of coal during the same month in 2022, the coal ministry said in a statement.
"Ministry of Coal has accomplished an incredible feat with a substantial surge in overall coal manufacturing during May, obtaining 76.26 MT surpassing May 22 of 71.21 MT, representing a raise of 7.10 percent", it said.
The cumulative coal production in April-May FY24 jumped to 149.41 MT from 138.41 MT in the year-ago period. Last month, Coal India Ltd (CIL) alone produced 59.94 MT of coal, up 9.54 percent over 54.72 MT in May 2022.
With an increased first-mile connectivity infrastructure, coal dispatch last month grew 5.70 per cent to 82.22 MT from 77.79 MT in May 2022. First-mile connectivity refers to the transportation of coal from pitheads to dispatch points.
The cumulative coal dispatch in April-May FY24 stood at 162.44 MT as against 149.76 MT in the year-ago period. This upturn in offtake has resulted in a comfortable coal stock position, guaranteeing a reliable and abundant supply of coal lying at pithead coal stock at CIL, SCCL, stock at TPP(DCB) etc, the ministry said. The total coal stock as of May 31, 2023 is 112.41 MT as compared to 82.97 MT on May 31, 2022, a growth of 35.48 per cent.
The coal stock place has strengthened the capability to tackle unforeseen fluctuations in demand for energy and ensures meeting the energy demands of the nation.The availability of coal rakes for coal transportation remained consistently good through this period due to the initiative taken by the ministry to expand rail connectivity infrastructure under PM Gati Shakti.