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New Delhi: The government will put eight more coal mines up for auction after completing the process for 10 mines in the third phase in mid-August, Coal Secretary Anil Swarup said on Wednesday.

“After these 10 mines (in August), eight more mines are in the queue,” he told reporters here on the sidelines of a conference on minerals and metals organised by a business chamber.

“We have more and more mines coming in so that they would suffice for other sectors also,” he said.

Swarup also said that in view of the need to step up India’s coal production to 1.5 billion tonnes by 2020, there is a plan to hire manpower for mining.

“As far as 1.5 billion tonnes of production is concerned we have a full-fledged HR plan of having manpower to mine these mines,” he said.

The third round of coal mine auctions for 10 blocks will be held from August 11 to 17.

Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal said last month that the government will open more than 60 coal mines across the country in the coming days.

He had said the new mines were part of the overall plan for state miner Coal India to double its current production of 500 million tonnes per annum in five years to reach the country’s total production target of 1,500 million tonnes by 2020.

Coal India achieved a record 32 million tonnes increase in production in the last year, which led to a 12 percent increase in power production, the minister said.

(IANS)

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200 Officers to be Relocated to Strengthen Ground Operations: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

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A man cries after seeing dead body of his family, who died in the Mumbai stampede
A man cries after seeing dead body of his family, who died in the Mumbai stampede accident. ians

Mumbai, Sep 30: A day after 22 people died in a stampede on a railway foot overbridge in Mumbai, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that 200 officers will be relocated from headquarters as field staff to enhance ground operations and that additional escalators are being sanctioned at crowded Mumbai stations.

“200 officers to be relocated from Head Quarters as field staff to strengthen ground operations and project implementation,” Goyal said in a series of tweets after holding a meeting with Railway Board officials here, in the aftermath of the accident at Elphinstone foot overbridge that killed 22 people.

He also said that to eliminate bureaucracy and delays, “I have empowered GMs to spend whatever is necessary on safety.”

Taking a lesson from the Friday stampede at Elphinstone station, Goyal said, “We are turning a 150 year old convention on its head, hereafter, FOBs (Foot Over Bridges) will be deemed mandatory not a passenger amenity.”

“Additional escalators sanctioned at crowded Mumbai suburban stations and thereafter for all high traffic stations,” added Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

At least 22 commuters were killed and 39 others injured on Friday when a horrific stampede broke out on a narrow railway foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel stations when hundreds took shelter there to escape pounding rain.(IANS)

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