Indian cement firms want more coal allocation

Indian cement firms want more coal allocation
Published: 10 September 2007

The Indian cement industry has appealed to the Centre for the allocation of additional coal. Currently, coal companies are meeting 70% of cement industry’s demand. According to sources, the standing linkage committe under the coal ministry is yet to take up the cement industry’s coal requirement for the 11th Plan period. The cement industry has sought the Centre’s intervention because coal companies have so far indicated negative coal balance. Coal companies have also hinted that it would not be possible to fulfill the coal requirements of the cement industry from traditional sources such as South Eastern Coalfields. Even if linkages were sanctioned, these would be from coalfields having only F and G grades of coal which is unsuitable for cement production.