Drilling of coal in North East, government trying their best
The government has accelerated examination and is drilling of coal in the north-eastern states of the country to the instability in the coal sector. The current priority the Ministry of Coal is concentrating is on producing clean coal and clean coal technologies as it would stay as a primary input for producing thermal power in near future.
Particularly states of Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland are expected to have coal mines.
The government has also issued directives to all coal companies to set up washeries at their coal mining plants to enable them generate ‘Swachh Coal’ or clean coal for energy generation as well as meet requirements of steel plants.
National companies have been given a phased manner time table to produce clean coal to address the issue of environment and ecology.