Sambalpur: Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL) on Tuesday recorded the highest ever coal dispatch by rail-mode.
The company has dispatched 102 rakes from Ib Valley and Talcher coalfields to various power stations in a single day.
MCL’s Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) PK Sinha has complimented the teams involved in achieving the record dispatch through environment-friendly rail-mode, with great sense of responsibility to meet energy requirements of the Nation.
“It is an impressive performance by the Team MCL, with equally great coordination and support from Indian Railways,” Sinha said.
Recording the highest ever 61 rakes dispatched from the MCL Talcher coalfields on August 30, 2021, supplied 5.3 lakh tonne coal to consumers, including more than 4 lakh tonne coal to the various power stations. Besides, 16 rakes were dispatched through MGR-mode (merry-go-round) and more than 1.15 lakh tonne via trucks to various consumers, the company said.
The MCL is the second largest coal producing company in India, having mining operations spread over in Jharsuguda, Sundergarh and Angul districts of Odisha.
Carrying forward the vision of sustainable mining, MCL is implementing nine first mile connectivity projects to provide pollution-free state-of-the-art rake loading system at a total expenditure of Rs 3,600 crore. This will also generate a despatch capacity of 126 million tonne per year, expected to be achieved by year 2024.
MCL was the first coal company to introduce environment-friendly Surface Mining technology in 1999. The biggest fleet of 66 Surface Miners is contributing 95 per cent to the total coal production of the company.