CIL – The Ministry of Coal is taking consistent steps to foster indigenous manufacturing capabilities within the coal mining sector, with a strong commitment to reducing India’s reliance on imports and promoting domestic production. These efforts are closely aligned with the core principles guiding the “Make in India” campaign.
In order to achieve this goal, an interdisciplinary high-level committee chaired by Director (Technical), CIL was formed to make recommendations for increasing domestic manufacturing of Heavy Earth Moving Machinery (HEMM) and underground mining equipment, such as High Wall Miners, Standard and Low-Capacity Miners, and associated ancillary equipment. It is expected that coal will continue to be the dominant energy source even after 2030, so the Committee anticipated a large demand for equipment in the country over the next ten years, both for opencast and underground mines, and submitted its final report. Representatives from the Ministry of Heavy Industries, the Ministry of Railways, SCCL, NLCIL, NTPC, WBPDCL, BEML, Caterpillar, Tata Hitachi, GAINWELL, industry associations, and various stakeholders comprise the Committee.
Coal India Limited (CIL) currently imports high-capacity equipment worth Rs 3500 crores, including Electric Rope Shovels, Hydraulic Shovels, Dumpers, Crawler Dozers, Drills, Motor Graders, and Front-End Loaders Wheel Dozers, incurring an additional Rs 1000 crores in customs duty. CIL has devised a strategic plan to gradually phase out imports over the next six years in order to reduce these imports and boost domestic manufacturing. This strategy seeks to promote and develop domestically manufactured equipment. Notably, domestic manufacturers are already supplying high-capacity machines.