Coal India (CIL) has earmarked 3,370 crore across four of its subsidiaries to construct 21 railway sidings as the company ramps up its evacuation facilities and bolsters its rail infrastructure.

The sidings, which will be both greenfield and brownfield, will add to the 152 rail sidings CIL already has in existence. By 2024, it will have a total of 173.

The miner wants to commission the sidings by FY 2024.

South Eastern Coalfields (SECL) accounts for 10 of the proposed 21 sidings, then Central Coalfields (CCL) with six, Eastern Coalfields (ECL) three and Bharat Coking Coal (BCCL) with two.

CIL opted to invest in the project as part of its push for a cleaner environment in coal transport. It also wants to increase rail evacuations and migrate away from road transport for dry fuel. 

The process change would not only reduce dust pollution, it said, but also save on diesel fuel costs for the company.

"The sidings will add fillip to CIL's First Mile Connectivity efforts, acting as effective coal evacuation outlets. The dovetailing of existing and new rail sidings with rapid loading system silos of FMC projects will help improve loading quantity in future when production expands," officials added.


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