Coal Ministry launches app for transparency in coal despatches through road
The coal ministry has launched a mobile application to facilitate Coal India customers to lift coal through road. The ‘Grahak Sadak Koyla Vitaran App’ will help the company achieve transparency in coal despatch operations, monitor whether the despatches are made on the fair principle of first in first out and track activities from issuance of sale order to physical delivery of coal by road, an official statement said.
Coal India has offered coal from available pithead stock to power stations through road mode. Power plants located within 50 Kms to 60 Kms from the mines may take as much coal from the nearest mines as they can.
During 2016-17 despatch of coal through road mode had been about 140 million tonnes of the total despatch of 542 million tonnes by Coal India accounting for 26%.
As of end of October 2017 the movement of coal through road mode was over 93 MT accounting for 29% of the total coal despatch of 317 MT. The road despatch during the current fiscal till October 2017 went up by 12 MT compared to same period last fiscal.
“The main benefits of the app for the customers include easy accessibility of information at the click of the button, apart from transparency in the system of loading programme and despatch,” the statement said.
The app provides date-wise, truck-wise quantity of coal delivered against the sale orders and information related to scheme-wise, colliery-wise, grade-wise, customer-wise details of sale orders issued during a period.